River Valley Duathlon Slated for April 22
Shortly after starting as a professor at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith in 2012, Dr. Kerrie Taber was diagnosed with stage II melanoma. Since then, Taber has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the cancer, which is preventable yet is the only cancer that has seen an increase in diagnoses over the last 30 years. As part of this effort, Taber is coordinating a duathlon at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Chaffee Crossing to raise money and awareness.
Elliott to UAFS Students: “Be Fearless”
With tears in her eyes, Joyce Elliott stood at the podium in the Latture Conference Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and recounted to students the racism she encountered when integrating into a new school.
Barber Selected as 2018 JPH Fellow
Beginning as a child, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Luke Barber saw the power of politics firsthand when he and his parents would talk to politicians to help address issues facing their community. Since then, the Lavaca native and international business major has nurtured a passion for politics, which will be realized this summer when he serves as the 2018 John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellow, an exclusive fellowship established in 2013 by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, AR-3, in conjunction with UAFS.
UAFS Student Flourishes as Local Artist
Jessica Medeiros may have not known it at the time, but getting laid off from her job as was a blessing in disguise.
UAFS Student Research Symposium Slated for April 13
The annual Student Research Symposium will take place from 2-4 p.m. April 13 on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus, featuring students presenting research projects they’ve conducted over the school year.
UAFS Students Fulfill Service Projects for “Alternative” Spring Break
While some students spent their spring break tanning at the beach or relaxing at home, seven University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students opted to spend their time off from school conducting community service projects in New Orleans as part of an “Alternative Spring Break” program at the university.
UAFS Season of Entertainment to Host “Cinderella” April 23
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Cinderella,” written by the legendary musical duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, will come to Fort Smith for a performance at 7:30 p.m. April 23 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 37.
Blood Drive at UAFS to be Held April 10-11
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 10-11 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with donors receiving a free T-shirt and health screening.
Hard Work, Faculty Support Leads UAFS Graduate to Medical School
The path to becoming a doctor has not been easy for Jesse Pacheco. A first-generation college student, Pacheco juggled the obligations of school, work and family and faced considerable challenges while doing it. But now, with the end of medical school in sight, Pacheco can reflect on a decade of hard work and guidance from UAFS faculty who helped him along the way.
UAFS to Host Forums for Senate, Judge and Mayoral Candidates
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host three public forums in April and May for candidates in three local political races: the Republican candidates for the District 8 senate seat, the Democratic candidates for Sebastian County Judge, and the candidates for Mayor of Fort Smith.

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