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.
Lt. Gov. Griffin to Host Town Hall March 3
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a virtual town hall with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3. Griffin will discuss his role as lieutenant governor as it pertains to the state government, the duties his office is responsible for, and what his priorities are in his current role. 
Francisco, McCullough Named 2021 Homecoming King and Queen
Saturday afternoon, the Lucky To Be A Lion slate of homecoming festivities at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith culminated in the crowning of students Jomar Francisco of Little Rock and Shandreka McCullough of Farmington and as 2021 Homecoming King and Queen.
McCollum awarded Nancy Murphy Chadwick Professional of Distinction Award
AnnMarie McCollum, resident director of the Lion’s Den Residence Hall at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was recently selected as the recipient of the Nancy Murphy Chadwick Professional of Distinction Award from the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers. The award was presented virtually Feb. 26 during the association’s annual conference.
UAFS Alumnus Provides More Than 1,000 Desks for Remote Students in Iowa
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced students and teachers to pivot to remote work, hindrances to learning were plentiful, but University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumus Nate Evans, qho teaches Seventh grade literacy at Ankeny Community School District made it his mission to help his students success in any way possible – starting with their desks. 
2021 In-Person Commencement Schedule Announced
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will resume in-person commencement ceremonies this May at the conclusion of the spring 2021 semester. Ceremonies will be conducted over four days to honor graduates from the current semester as well as those from spring, summer, and fall of 2020 who were unable to participate in a traditional ceremony.
Chancellor Riley Releases Video Update on Winter Weather
In an email sent Wednesday, Feb. 17, UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley shared a video regarding campus closure and gratitude to all the students, faculty and staff who are working so hard to continue teaching, learning, and working during this winter storm.
Kannan Welcomes Winter Bird-Watchers
As Arkansas braces for another round of snowfall and temperatures dip below 0 degrees, the age-old past time of bird watching is bringing joy to river valley residents. Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, professor of ornithology at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, shared some insight into the kinds of birds residents can expect to see in the snow and how to help these feathered friends stay fed during this unusual weather.
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.
Employee Clinic Provides COVID Vaccines to Nearly 300
Close to 300 University of Arkansas – Fort Smith employees received their first COVID-19 vaccination today, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, thanks to a partnership clinic between the university and Mercy Fort Smith.