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Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Jumpstart Arkansas, an AmeriCorps national service program funded by EngageAR, participated in National AmeriCorps Week March 7-13 by serving the Fort Smith community through a variety of volunteer projects.  The UAFS student members were also joined by School of Education faculty in packing snack bags for the backpack program at Community Clearing House; creating and delivering flyers for Heart to Heart Pregnancy Center; and serving dinner for residents at Community Rescue Mission.
Beginning this summer University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students will have the option to add a Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish for the Helping Professions to their academic resume thanks to a collaboration between the Department of World Languages and social work, psychology, and health sciences programs at UAFS.
Four University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members were honored for their services to the institution during the Annual Faculty Appreciation Day, which took place virtually April 9. Honorees were Rebecca Cheek of Alma, recipient of the Luella M. Krehbiel Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award; Dr. Kristin Tardif of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence to the University, to the Profession, and the Community Service Award; Dr. Shelli Henehan of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award; and Dr. Nicki Stancil, recipient of the Lucille Speakman Master Teacher Award. Each recipient received accolades at the event, a commemorative plaque, and $2,500
Two professors in the college of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith have received grants totaling more than $74,000 from the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to advance undergraduate research at the university. Dr. Souvik Banerjee, assistant professor of organic and medicinal chemistry, applied for and received a grant for $38,250 for a research proposal entitled “Tubulin Polymerization Inhibitors for the Treatment of Resistant Metastatic Mela.” Dr. Mohammad Halim, assistant professor of chemistry, received $36,341 for his research project “Structure-Guided Design of Antiviral Peptides Against SARS-CoV-2.” 
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Alumni Association announced the Top 10 Alumni of 2021, part of the Feb. 26 Homecoming 2021 “Lucky to Be a Lion” event slate. The honor acknowledges alumni for their contributions in their field of study, service to their community, professional accomplishments, and/or philanthropy work in support of worthy causes.

 

Eight Vie for the 2021 Miss UAFS Crown
A new woman will don the Miss University of Arkansas – Fort Smith crown this Saturday, as eight contestants participate in the university’s annual scholarship competition, which will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at the UAFS Breedlove Auditorium.
Homecoming 2021 Lucky to be a Lion Slate Announced
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will celebrate Homecoming 2021 Feb. 22-27 with a blend of virtual and in-person events. This year’s events fall under the theme “Lucky to be a Lion” and will put a digital spin on some of the traditional competitions and events.
Black History Month Slate Announced
Throughout the month of February, UAFS will honor Black History month thanks collaborative efforts of the university’s Black Student Association, Campus Activities Board, Student Life Office, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming Committee.
Virtual Commencement Ceremony Slated for 10 a.m. Saturday
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a virtual commencement ceremony tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, for graduates of the fall class of 2020.
UAFS Partners with 64.6, PEAK Innovation Center to host Economic Development Summit Nov. 19
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is proud to partner with 64.6 Downtown and the Fort Smith Public Schools’ PEAK Innovation Center in hosting the third annual Invest Fort Smith economic development summit November 19, 2020, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.