Current Stories

Chancellor Riley Releases Statement Following Killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Monday afernoon, following a weekend of peaceful protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement around Fort Smith, chancellor Terisa Riley released a heartfelt message to students, faculty and staff regarding the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, the injustices his death have exposed, and the university's committments to its Black community.
Karen Jeffers to return to UAFS as Financial Aid Director
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith announced today that long-time financial aid professional Karen Jeffers will oversee the Department of Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits at UAFS. Jeffers will lead a staff of nine financial aid professionals serving nearly 6,500 students. Each year the UAFS Department of Financial Aid administers more than $53 million in financial aid and scholarships to UAFS students while ensuring compliance with federal, state and institutional guidelines.
UAFS Named Safest Campus in Arkansas
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was recently named the safest university in Arkansas, earning praise from online safety resource YourLocalSecurity.com.
UAFS Students, Faculty, Release 12th Edition of Azahares Spanish Literary Magazine
The 2020 edition of Azahares, the Spanish literary magazine published by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith launched this month, featuring local, regional, national and international contributors, hailing from Fort Smith to Brazil and Spain. This year’s publication is the magazine’s 12th edition.
Chancellor Riley Announces Phased Staff Return to Work Plan
Saturday, May 24, 2020, UAFS Chancellor Dr. Terisa Riley announced in a campus-wide email a phased return to work plan for university staff. The plan covers return to work protocols, expectations and safety measures for staff through the Summer 2020 term. 
UA System Board of Trustees Approves Dave Stevens Lion Pride Pantry renaming
This week the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees honored the request of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Student Government Association, passing a resolution to rename the Lion Pride Food Pantry for Dr. Dave Stevens.
OnLion Orientation Sessions Help Students, Parents Prepare for College
Leaders from the Enrollment Management and Student Life offices at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith are developing new ways to engage and inform students and parents online, through digital support sessions called OnLion Orientations.
Justina Buck Honored with 2020 Lori Norin Faculty Appreciation Award
"She's just warm and truly makes me feel as though I can accomplish absolutely anything," Jami Taylor said of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Instructor Justina Buck, recipient of the 2020 Lori Norin Faculty Appreciation Award.
UAFS Launches $1,000 Scholarship for New Transfer Students
A new scholarship program launched Wednesday by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will provide $1,000 in financial aid for all eligible incoming transfer students.
UAFS Counselor Offers Advice on Coping With Pandemic Grief
Holly Hannam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has served the students of UAFS since 2011 as an integral member of the UAFS Counseling Center on campus. This week, she offers advice on coping during a crisis, and tools you can use to stay mentally and emotionally healthy.

Pages

News Archives

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith announced today that long-time financial aid professional Karen Jeffers will oversee the Department of Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits at UAFS. Jeffers will lead a staff of nine financial aid professionals serving nearly 6,500 students. Each year the UAFS Department of Financial Aid administers more than $53 million in financial aid and scholarships to UAFS students while ensuring compliance with federal, state and institutional guidelines.
Date Posted:
Mon, 06/01/2020
Monday afernoon, following a weekend of peaceful protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement around Fort Smith, chancellor Terisa Riley released a heartfelt message to students, faculty and staff regarding the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, the injustices his death have exposed, and the university's committments to its Black community.
Date Posted:
Mon, 06/01/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was recently named the safest university in Arkansas, earning praise from online safety resource YourLocalSecurity.com.
Date Posted:
Thu, 05/28/2020
The 2020 edition of Azahares, the Spanish literary magazine published by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith launched this month, featuring local, regional, national and international contributors, hailing from Fort Smith to Brazil and Spain. This year’s publication is the magazine’s 12th edition.
Date Posted:
Wed, 05/27/2020
Saturday, May 24, 2020, UAFS Chancellor Dr. Terisa Riley announced in a campus-wide email a phased return to work plan for university staff. The plan covers return to work protocols, expectations and safety measures for staff through the Summer 2020 term. 
Date Posted:
Tue, 05/26/2020
Leaders from the Enrollment Management and Student Life offices at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith are developing new ways to engage and inform students and parents online, through digital support sessions called OnLion Orientations.
Date Posted:
Fri, 05/22/2020
This week the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees honored the request of the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Student Government Association, passing a resolution to rename the Lion Pride Food Pantry for Dr. Dave Stevens.
Date Posted:
Fri, 05/22/2020
Hand sanitizing stations are now located at each building on the UAFS campus thanks to dedicated effort by the UAFS Plant Operations Department.
Date Posted:
Thu, 05/21/2020
"She's just warm and truly makes me feel as though I can accomplish absolutely anything," Jami Taylor said of University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Instructor Justina Buck, recipient of the 2020 Lori Norin Faculty Appreciation Award.
Date Posted:
Wed, 05/20/2020
A new scholarship program launched Wednesday by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will provide $1,000 in financial aid for all eligible incoming transfer students.
Date Posted:
Thu, 05/14/2020
As the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith transitioned classes to online delivery for the Spring 2020 semester, Dr. Tommy Dobbs, instructor of music, called in some favors to make the change a little easier – and more fun – for his students. Instead of traditional online course assignments, Dobbs instead presented a slate of industry professionals to host virtual clinics for his Percussion Studio class.
Date Posted:
Wed, 05/06/2020
Holly Hannam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has served the students of UAFS since 2011 as an integral member of the UAFS Counseling Center on campus. This week, she offers advice on coping during a crisis, and tools you can use to stay mentally and emotionally healthy.
Date Posted:
Wed, 05/06/2020
Randy Wewers received the first Diligence to Victory award in 2008.
Date Posted:
Fri, 05/01/2020
Peggy Weidman was responsible for many things that enhanced life in the greater Fort Smith region, but her love for alma mater, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was exceptional.
Date Posted:
Fri, 05/01/2020
Two students from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith have been selected to participate in the Summer Research Scholars program June 8 through July 31 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
Date Posted:
Thu, 04/30/2020
Dr. Jeff Shaver, associate professor of biology at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was awarded a grant of nearly $40,000 this month from the Arkansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) which will allow him, and two UAFS students to conduct a research project during the summer and fall semesters of 2020.
Date Posted:
Thu, 04/23/2020
The current COVID-19 pandemic is a global challenge unseen since the Spanish flu of 1918, historical in every sense of the word. It is forcing dramatic changes both on an international level and also in our personal lives, and most of us do not like change. Dr. Vaughn DeCoster has put 30 years of social work experience to paper to provide coping mechanisms and encouragement for the next two weeks of class.
Date Posted:
Tue, 04/21/2020
Dr. Elizabeth Momand, professor of music at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, has been awarded the 2020 Lucille Speakman Master Teacher Award for outstanding teaching performance, professional growth and service to the community.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/20/2020
Dr. Larry Faulk, associate professor of management in the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith College of Business, has been awarded the 2020 Excellence to the University, to the Profession, and to the Community Service Award in recognition of his dedication to service through various committees, recruitment, clubs, and data gathering.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/20/2020
Dr. Jim Wollscheid, professor of accounting in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/20/2020
Lynda McClellan, adjunct instructor in the Department of World Languages, has been awarded the 2020 Luella M. Krehbiel Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/20/2020
Let’s face it: Spring 2020 feels like it's on hold. Paused. Disrupted. As buzzwords go, disruption has been in the spotlight since Clayton Christensen published his work, “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” in 1997. Christensen describes a process “by which a product or services take root, … eventually displacing established competitors.” Displacing. Disrupting. Forcing new ways of thinking and new ways of doing. Our spring 2020 is disrupted.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/13/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s College of Applied Science and Technology is running its fleet of 3-D printers to produce parts for plastic face shields in response to a nation-wide need for personal protective equipment (PPE).
Date Posted:
Wed, 04/08/2020
In an email sent Wednesday, April 8, 2020, UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley outlined the resolutions presented by the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees in their April 8 meeting. 
Date Posted:
Wed, 04/08/2020
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Student Government Association unanimously passed a resolution this morning requesting the university’s Lion Pride Food Pantry be named for Dr. Dave Stevens, dean of students.
Date Posted:
Tue, 04/07/2020
As a result of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith moved to an online/distance-learning-only form of educational delivery beginning March 30, 2020.  In an effort to prevent potentially negative, educational outcomes for students, and in consultation with Student Government Association, Faculty Senate, and University Staff Council, UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley approved offering an emergency Pass/Withdrawal grade option for students enrolled in full spring semester and second 8-week spring semester courses.
Date Posted:
Wed, 04/01/2020
UAFS Chancellor, Dr. Terisa Riley, released an update Friday, March 27, 2020, reiterating the campus-wide move to remote instruction and launching a resource page for students.
Date Posted:
Fri, 03/27/2020
Members from the Jumpstart Arkansas program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, spent the week of March 8-14 participating in various service projects as part of AmeriCorps Week, a celebration of the national initiative’s programs, services and members across the country.
Date Posted:
Fri, 03/27/2020
Members from the Jumpstart Arkansas program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, spent the week of March 8-14 participating in various service projects as part of AmeriCorps Week, a celebration of the national initiative’s programs, services and members across the country.
Date Posted:
Fri, 03/27/2020
As residents of the greater Fort Smith region struggle with restrictions prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak, several businesses owned by alumni of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith are making changes to accommodate their customers.
Date Posted:
Wed, 03/25/2020
After a weekend surge of positive cases of COVID-19 in Arkansas, faculty and administrators at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith banded together to help frontline medical teams and hospital staff stay prepared and protected. Monday morning, a small team gathered at the UAFS campus to collect, box, label, and load more than 100,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for colleagues actively fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date Posted:
Mon, 03/23/2020
UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley announced new work-from-home directives for staff, March 20-29.
Date Posted:
Thu, 03/19/2020
Thanks to partnerships and giving hearts across the region, more than 150 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students departed for spring break with grocery sacks in hand, helping calm anxieties of food insecurity during an uncertain and challenging time. Staff and faculty members packed sacks for students throughout the week, stocked to meet the needs of not only the students who requested groceries but their families as well. A generous donation from Tyson Foods Thursday will allow UAFS to offer students in need frozen meat as well – a first for the Lion Pride Pantry.
Date Posted:
Thu, 03/19/2020
Chancellor Terisa Riley announced Friday afternoon that as of March 30, 2020, all academic instruction at UAFS will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the semester. Additionally, the University of Arkansas System board of trustees voted unanimously to postpone commencement for all system institutions until at least June 1.
Date Posted:
Thu, 03/19/2020
UAFS has made additional announcements in response to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Department of Education Secretary Key's announcement that all K-12 public schools in the State of Arkansas will be closed Tuesday, March 17-Sunday, March 29.
Date Posted:
Sun, 03/15/2020
Friday morning University of Arkansas - Fort Smith chancellor Dr. Terisa Riley released an updated statement to students, faculty, and staff regarding an extended spring break, related to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus 2019.) Her full statement is included below.
Date Posted:
Fri, 03/13/2020

Pages