Jumpstart Members Serve During Americorps Week
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.
UAFS Announces Spanish for the Helping Professions Certificate Option
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.
UAFS Faculty Earn Appreciation Awards
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
UAFS STEM Professors Earn $74,000 in Grants to Fund Undergraduate Research
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.” 
Top 10 UAFS Alumni of 2021 Announced
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.
Jayson Toney Crowned Miss UAFS 2021
In a competition that awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes among its eight candidates, Jayson Toney claimed the crown of Miss UAFS 2021 during the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s scholarship competition on March 13. 
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.
UAFS Hosts 48th Annual Conference of the Arkansas Political Science Association
The 48th Annual Conference of the Arkansas Political Science Association took place in a virtual format Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26, hosted for the first time by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest that has caused a myriad of political, social, economic, and international disruptions, the theme for this year’s event was “An Unnatural State of Affairs: Governing in Uncertain Times.” 
UAFS Kicks Off Women's History Month Slate on March 8, International Women's Day
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has announced a slate of events honoring and celebrating Women’s History Month, kicking off on the 2021 International Day of Women, March 8, with celebrations, discussions, and presentations at the UAFS campus and through Zoom.
Heppner to Lead Cub Camp 2021
Incoming first-year students at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith will be welcomed to their UAFS experience by a new slate of 2021 Cub Camp directors, led by a familiar face – Reagan Heppner, who will serve her second term as a director this year with a staff of three assistant directors and 14 chairs. Cub Camp, the traditional welcome weekend experience for incoming UAFS students will take place Aug. 18-21, connecting new Lions to the campus, faculty, fellow students and university traditions. Entirely led by UAFS students, new Lions can create connections that will last far beyond their years at UAFS and ease their transition from high school to college. Cub Camp Registration is open now through August 6.

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