Bobbitt Names Serna to Lead UAFS in Interim Chancellor Role
University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced the appointment of Edward Serna, Ed.D., as interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS).
Rapleys’ Bequest Caps Lifetime of Giving to UAFS
It would not have surprised anyone to learn that Rosemary and Gene Rapley passed away within six weeks of each other; after 65 years of marriage, even when their infirmities separated them, the two were one.
Beran to Leave UAFS for South Dakota Role
Dr. Paul B. Beran, chancellor of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, will leave the university to assume the role of executive director and chief executive officer of the South Dakota Higher Education Board of Regents. His last day at UAFS is Aug. 31.
UAFS Student, Budding Entrepreneur, Participates in Prestigious Program
Stephanie Long’s father, an avid Rolling Stones fan, gave each of his children a song from the legendary band to describe them. For his daughter, he chose “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Long begs to differ. At age 21, Long is a budding entrepreneur, director of operations for a regional frozen custard chain in Northwest Arkansas, and full-time student at UAFS.
Fall Move-In Slated for Aug. 16-18
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students will move into campus housing 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17, and 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 18, with help from the UAFS campus community.
UAFS to Host Town Halls July 31, Aug. 2
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host two town halls this summer – one at 6 p.m. July 31 for candidates in the Fort Smith board of directors race, and a second at noon Aug. 2 for Fort Smith mayoral candidates.
UAFS Grad Finds Art in Welding
For Can Tran, welding is more than simply joining two pieces of metal – it’s an art form. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graduate and Fort Smith resident found a unique platform for his art when he returned to school in 2015 to pursue an associate degree in welding. When Tran welded together a picture frame for a class project, he took it a step further.
UAFS Announces Schedules for Season of Entertainment, Season at The Blue Lion
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the schedules of touring shows and musical performances for Season of Entertainment 38 and the sixth annual Season at The Blue Lion.
UAFS Receives $2 Million from ADHE for Regional Workforce Grants
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has received nearly $2 million in grants from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for the continuation of the university’s Regional Workforce Grant programs, hailed as “the statewide model for public-private partnerships.”
UAFS to Host Blood Drive July 17
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith will host its summer blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 17 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.

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