Current Stories

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.
Serna Promoted to Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives
Dr. Edward Serna, formerly chief of staff and associate vice chancellor for external funding at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has been promoted to chief of staff and vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, effective July 1.
Rotary Club Gives $2,000 to UAFS for Scholarships
The University Rotary Club earlier this month presented a check for $2,000 to Mary Lackie, vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, for scholarships.
Spring 2017 Dean’s List Announced
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
UAFS Receives $157,500 Grant to Assist Low-Income Students
A $157,500 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates will help low-income students enrolled at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith continue their education when faced with financial emergencies.
UAFS Receives $600,000 Grant for Wilhauf House
The Wilhauf House, a historic property in downtown Van Buren owned by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, recently received a $600,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resource Council to continue renovating the property.
UAFS Student Interns with Northwest Arkansas Naturals
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith marketing student is spending her summer enjoying the national pastime through an internship in northwest Arkansas.
UAFS Now Most Affordable University in Arkansas
With recent changes in tuition by colleges and universities across the state, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is now the most affordable four-year university campus in Arkansas.
UAFS Student Benefits from First Award from Gosack Gift
Keimi Driscoll knows it will be hard get on the career path she wants to follow, but she believes a summer in Washington, D.C., will give her the edge she needs.

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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
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

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