UAFS Students Win Medals at SkillsUSA
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students, including those in the Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS, won a total of 15 medals – nine of them gold medals – in the 2018 Arkansas SkillsUSA Championships.
Coin Flips Lead to $4,500 Donation to Help UAFS Students
Thanks to nine coin flips, a local business leader was able to give a gift to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith to help nontraditional students stay in school.
CHS Students Showcase Robotics Knowledge to Governor
When Gov. Asa Hutchinson came to Charleston High School this week to speak to students about the career opportunities in computer science, he also got to see firsthand the strides the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has made in preparing students for the high-demand career field.
Greenhouse at UAFS Provides Life-Changing Research Opportunities
The greenhouse is a rectangle of paned glass peaking at a slanted roof, the windowed walls offering a view into rows of tubs filled with soil. Black tubes snake out from the loam and feed into a pipe stretching over each tub as a makeshift irrigation system. For most University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students, the greenhouse is a building noticed and forgotten, a small structure standing to the west Math-Science Building on campus. But for students spending their time within the building, it offers undergraduate research opportunities in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics that are life-changing.
First-Gen Student Finds Better Life through UAFS Education
Despite being a first-generation student, attending college was a foregone conclusion for Jared Belt. His parents, both of whom worked in manual labor, constantly stressed to him the importance of education as he grew up, knowing it would lead him to a better life. He took that lesson to heart. And though college might have been intimidating for some first-generation students, by the time he enrolled full-time at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, it already felt like home. After taking concurrent credit courses with the Western Arkansas Technical Center, Belt had 51 college credit hours by the time he graduated from Van Buren High School.
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.

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