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UAFS Admissions Takes Den Day Digital
Prospective students will join the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Office of Admissions next week for a virtual Den Day event. The half-day exploration event typically welcomes high school juniors from across the River Valley to campus for tours, information sessions, mock classes, discussions with college deans, and a lunch and involvement fair on the campus green. This year, however, Den Day will be offered virtually in an effort to keep students safe and involved more potential UAFS students in the events.
Culture Network to Host Candlelit Vigil for Breonna Taylor and Lives Lost to Injustice
The Culture Network at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, honoring the life of Breonna Taylor and mourning the loss of every person who has lost their life at the hands of injustice and brutality.
UAFS Family Weekend Slated for Oct. 30-31
The annual Family Weekend at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will take place this year Oct. 30-31, featuring a variety of virtual and in-person events to encourage pride throughout the community and engage students and their families in campus traditions. 
As Hispanic Heritage Month Ends, UAFS Faculty Recommend Continued Reading
The English, Rhetoric & Writing Department at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released a reading list featuring faculty and staff author recommendations inspired by Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month.In line with the university's commitment to amplify diverse voices, each installment of the UAFS Book Series will feature faculty picks that educate, inform and celebrate diversity. 
Family Enterprise Center Director Robertson Set to Retire
Dave Robertson, director of the Family Enterprise Center (FEC) at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has announced his plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2020. Robertson joined UAFS in this role in April of 2009, prepared by a 29-year career in various accounting and auditing positions in the Fort Smith region.
UAFS Launches First Crowdfunding Campaign to Benefit Lion Pride Pantry
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith launched its first digital crowd-funding effort this week in support of the Dave Stevens Lion Pride Pantry on the UAFS Campus. The university’s goal is to engage potential donors in new ways, through a month-long fundraising campaign to help combat food insecurity.
Writing Center Funded by $2.25M Grant Opens Oct. 15
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a grand opening celebration for the UAFS Writing Center this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The Writing Center, which will support student learning by connecting faculty and tutors with students who wish to improve their writing, editing, and research, is located in the fully renovated west wing of the Old Gym at 5004 Kinkead Ave.
UAFS Touts $142M Economic Impact in Sebastian County, says Independent Study
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is a substantial academic and economic powerhouse in its region, supporting an estimated $142.7 million economic impact to Sebastian County in 2019, according to an independent study released today. 
UAFS to Begin COVID-19 Testing on Campus
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Powell Student Health Center will begin COVID-19 testing on campus Tuesday, October 6, after receiving an Abbott Testing Machine and testing kits from the Arkansas Department of Health this week. 
UAFS Grad Aims to Cure Cancer Through Cell Research
Andrea Edwards, a 2013 UAFS graduate of the Chancellor's Leadership Class from White Hall, Ark., is working doctorate in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she is researching ways cells repair themselves and regenerate, with hopes to one day cure childhood cancer.

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Prospective students will join the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Office of Admissions next week for a virtual Den Day event. The half-day exploration event typically welcomes high school juniors from across the River Valley to campus for tours, information sessions, mock classes, discussions with college deans, and a lunch and involvement fair on the campus green. This year, however, Den Day will be offered virtually in an effort to keep students safe and involved more potential UAFS students in the events.
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Thu, 10/29/2020
The Culture Network at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, honoring the life of Breonna Taylor and mourning the loss of every person who has lost their life at the hands of injustice and brutality.
Date Posted:
Tue, 10/20/2020
The annual Family Weekend at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will take place this year Oct. 30-31, featuring a variety of virtual and in-person events to encourage pride throughout the community and engage students and their families in campus traditions. 
Date Posted:
Fri, 10/16/2020
The English, Rhetoric & Writing Department at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released a reading list featuring faculty and staff author recommendations inspired by Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month.In line with the university's commitment to amplify diverse voices, each installment of the UAFS Book Series will feature faculty picks that educate, inform and celebrate diversity. 
Date Posted:
Thu, 10/15/2020
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith launched its first digital crowd-funding effort this week in support of the Dave Stevens Lion Pride Pantry on the UAFS Campus. The university’s goal is to engage potential donors in new ways, through a month-long fundraising campaign to help combat food insecurity.
Date Posted:
Wed, 10/14/2020
Dave Robertson, director of the Family Enterprise Center (FEC) at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has announced his plans to retire on Dec. 31, 2020. Robertson joined UAFS in this role in April of 2009, prepared by a 29-year career in various accounting and auditing positions in the Fort Smith region.
Date Posted:
Wed, 10/14/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a grand opening celebration for the UAFS Writing Center this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The Writing Center, which will support student learning by connecting faculty and tutors with students who wish to improve their writing, editing, and research, is located in the fully renovated west wing of the Old Gym at 5004 Kinkead Ave.
Date Posted:
Mon, 10/12/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is a substantial academic and economic powerhouse in its region, supporting an estimated $142.7 million economic impact to Sebastian County in 2019, according to an independent study released today. 
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Thu, 10/08/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Powell Student Health Center will begin COVID-19 testing on campus Tuesday, October 6, after receiving an Abbott Testing Machine and testing kits from the Arkansas Department of Health this week. 
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Fri, 10/02/2020
Andrea Edwards, a 2013 UAFS graduate of the Chancellor's Leadership Class from White Hall, Ark., is working doctorate in the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where she is researching ways cells repair themselves and regenerate, with hopes to one day cure childhood cancer.
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Wed, 09/30/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Alumni Association will host a virtual 5K race to support the UAFS Alumni Legacy Scholarship. Registration costs $25, and registrants who sign up by October 1 will receive a free t-shirt commemorating the race.  
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Tue, 09/29/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Office of Financial Aid is hosting a month-long series of virtual webinars titled “Rock The FAFSA” aiming to help high school students, parents, and families understand the complexities of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid,) application and paying for college.
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Fri, 09/25/2020
The University Staff Council at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, presented Lucille Speakman Excellence Awards to Shanna Turney of Fort Smith and Melissa Brown of Van Buren during the university's semiannual all-staff meeting.
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Fri, 09/25/2020
This month members of the UAFS Jumpstart Arkansas AmeriCorps program joined groups across the country to perform patriotic acts of service in honor of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.
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Fri, 09/25/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has organized a month-long slate of virtual and on-campus events celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. The events, which range from traditional food tastings and salsa dancing lessons to open forum discussions and author talks, are hosted by the university’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programming subcommittee, the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee, and the Student Activities Office (SAO). 
Date Posted:
Mon, 09/21/2020
The members of the Omicron-Tau chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith took time from their studies to give back to the Fort Smith community this month, delivering nearly 100 pizzas to first responders in the River Valley. 
Date Posted:
Mon, 09/21/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith earned recognition this week as one of the top public universities in the south according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges rankings, ranking No. 18 in the regional south. The university also earned accolades in the categories of Top Performers in Social Mobility (No. 74) and Regional Colleges in the South (No. 61) and landed among the top business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) based on peer review.
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Wed, 09/16/2020
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will host its first blood drive of the Fall semester 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15-16, in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street. All donors will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test. 
Date Posted:
Mon, 09/14/2020
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will host its first blood drive of the Fall semester 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15-16, in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street. All donors will receive a free COVID-19 antibody test
Date Posted:
Mon, 09/14/2020
This week the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith officially renamed its needs pantry for beloved Dean of Students, Dr. Dave Stevens, honoring the wishes of the UAFS Student Government Association who unanimously passed a resolution to rename the food and necessities pantry the “Dave Stevens Lion Pride Pantry” this April.
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Fri, 08/21/2020
As part of a continuing effort to support students in every aspect of their educational careers, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith launched a new initiative to offer and encourage healthy eating choices. A collaboration between the LionHeart Volunteer Program and the UAFS Recreation and Wellness, the LionHeart Wellness Stand was opened in the Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC), providing students grab-and-go snacks that promote a healthy lifestyle.
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Fri, 08/21/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has hired Andrew “Andy” Johnson as the university’s Director of Admissions, beginning Monday, August 17.
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Mon, 08/17/2020
Friday afternoon the Lone Star Conference announced plans for fall athletics. Following discussions with presidents and chancellors in the LSC, Dr. Terisa Riley released this email regarding how the conference plans will impact athletics at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. 
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Fri, 08/07/2020
This spring universities across the country raced to transition courses to online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With numbers still rising in the state of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is making strategic investments in training its faculty to excel in online course delivery, partnering with the world-renowned Quality Matters.
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Wed, 07/29/2020
Monday, July 20, 2020, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Chancellor Terisa Riley released the Protecting the Pride:  Returning to UAFS in Fall 2020 plan in a campus-wide email. The document announces expectations for fall operations on the UAFS campus as well as answers to questions from students, faculty and staff about the fall semester. 
Date Posted:
Mon, 07/20/2020
The University of Arkansas Systen Board of Trustees approved a resolution July 15 directing each campus, division and unit to adopt a policy that, at a minimum, requires the use of cloth face coverings by students, faculty, staff and guests in university facilities where physical distancing of six-feet or more cannot be assured in accordance with guidance from state and federal health officials.
Date Posted:
Wed, 07/15/2020
Dr .Terisa Riley, chancellor of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host a digital Chancellor Chat Tuesday, July 21, at 4 p.m., which will be the inauguarl event of a Chancellor Chat series hosted by the UAFS Alumni Association.
Date Posted:
Tue, 07/14/2020
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission are currently accepting applications for the innovative employment program Future Fit, which aims to meet the region’s urgent employment needs while preparing unemployed and underemployed citizens for high-skill, high-paying careers.
Date Posted:
Fri, 07/10/2020
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has chosen Chartwells Higher Education as its new dining service provider. Chartwells plans to transform the on-campus dining experience at UAFS to create a premier food service program that emphasizes quality, made-to-order food, menu customization, variety, ethically-sourced foods, and excellent value, to foster student success and education. Chartwells will operate under the “UAFS Eats” name to align with the university’s mission and brand.
Date Posted:
Thu, 07/09/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was recently named a 2020 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation for utilizing groundwater-friendly practices and practicing environmental stewardship. UAFS is currently the only location in Arkansas to hold this designation.
Date Posted:
Thu, 07/02/2020
Top students from 42 academic programs at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were given accolades for their work, earning Academic Excellence Awards from the university.
Date Posted:
Wed, 07/01/2020
The Boreham Library at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released a Summer Reading List featuring faculty and staff book recommendations that celebrate and honor the LGBTQIA+ community during Pride Month. In line with the university's commitment to amplify diverse voices, each installment of the UAFS Summer Book Series will feature faculty picks that educate, inform and celebrate diversity. 
Date Posted:
Fri, 06/26/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith received a $678,461 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) to fund Phase V of the Drennen-Scott House project, specifically the restoration of the adjacent Wilhauf House.
Date Posted:
Wed, 06/24/2020
Chancellor Riley explains the Social Media Review process, and the university's obligation to uphold the first amendment rights of its students and employees - even when that speech is in conflict our core values as a university
Date Posted:
Fri, 06/19/2020
The English, Rhetoric & Writing Department at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released a Summer Reading List featuring faculty book recommendations inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, and the international quest for racial justice. In line with the university's commitment to amplify diverse voices, each installment of the UAFS Sumer Book Series will feature faculty picks that educate, inform and celebrate diversity. 
Date Posted:
Tue, 06/16/2020
Shakayla "Shae" Canaday, CEO and founder of Brushed Beauty Studio in Fayetteville, graduated from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith this May with her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree already well into her career as a leader. 
Date Posted:
Wed, 06/10/2020

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