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Fourteen Summer Camps Offered through UAFS
Local children will have a slate of 14 summer camps to choose from throughout the season, with topics ranging from music to engineering to athletics.
UAFS, ARCOM Collaborate on Student Research
Thanks to a collaboration between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM), UAFS students had the opportunity to conduct hands-on research projects that could also lead to new treatments of neurodegenerative diseases and cancers.
UAFS to Hold Commercial Drone Course in June
The Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a four-day test preparation course for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 test to become a commercial operator of unmanned aerial aircraft, more commonly known as drones.
UAFS Graduate Commissioned as Second Lieutenant
While hundreds of University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graduates were recognized at commencement May 12, one UAFS graduate was also honored May 11 for his commissioning as a second lieutenant into the Arkansas Army National Guard.
Hale Named to Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Fast 15
Jordan Hale, director of government and community relations at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and a UAFS alumnus, was recently recognized for his work by being named to the Fast 15, an annual list of top professionals in their twenties published by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
UAFS “Success Stories” Graduate May 12
“There are between 600-800 students who will receive their degrees from this wonderful institution this spring,” said Dr. Don Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, during his address to UAFS graduates. “But to me, it’s 800 success stories.” Those stories saw their end – and the beginning of countless new success stories – at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s commencement ceremonies held in the Stubblefield Center May 12.
UAFS Gains Insight for UAS Program at Unmanned Conference
Robot dogs, solar-powered submarines, and drone races. University of Arkansas - Fort Smith representatives witnessed this cutting-edge unmanned technology and more during the annual Association of Unmanned Vehicles International (AUVSI) Xponential conference last week in Denver, where they connected with industry partners to strengthen their recently-approved associate degree in unmanned technology.
Students, Employees and Organizations Awarded at NUMAS
Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community, from students to alumni to registered student organizations, were recognized for their contributions to the university this school year during the 15th annual NUMAS Awards ceremony held May 4 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
Academic Excellence Awards Given to UAFS Students
Top students from 42 academic programs at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were given accolades for their work when they received Academic Excellence Awards from the university.
“Azahares” to be Released at May 3 Event
The 10th anniversary of “Azahares,” the annual Spanish literary magazine published by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will be celebrated at a release event at 6 p.m. May 3 in room 122 of the Boreham Library on the UAFS Campus.

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Local children will have a slate of 14 summer camps to choose from throughout the season, with topics ranging from music to engineering to athletics.
Date Posted:
Tue, 05/22/2018
Thanks to a collaboration between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM), UAFS students had the opportunity to conduct hands-on research projects that could also lead to new treatments of neurodegenerative diseases and cancers.
Date Posted:
Thu, 05/17/2018
The Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a four-day test preparation course for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 test to become a commercial operator of unmanned aerial aircraft, more commonly known as drones.
Date Posted:
Wed, 05/16/2018
Jordan Hale, director of government and community relations at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and a UAFS alumnus, was recently recognized for his work by being named to the Fast 15, an annual list of top professionals in their twenties published by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
Date Posted:
Mon, 05/14/2018
While hundreds of University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graduates were recognized at commencement May 12, one UAFS graduate was also honored May 11 for his commissioning as a second lieutenant into the Arkansas Army National Guard.
Date Posted:
Mon, 05/14/2018
“There are between 600-800 students who will receive their degrees from this wonderful institution this spring,” said Dr. Don Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, during his address to UAFS graduates. “But to me, it’s 800 success stories.” Those stories saw their end – and the beginning of countless new success stories – at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s commencement ceremonies held in the Stubblefield Center May 12.
Date Posted:
Sun, 05/13/2018
Robot dogs, solar-powered submarines, and drone races. University of Arkansas - Fort Smith representatives witnessed this cutting-edge unmanned technology and more during the annual Association of Unmanned Vehicles International (AUVSI) Xponential conference last week in Denver, where they connected with industry partners to strengthen their recently-approved associate degree in unmanned technology.
Date Posted:
Fri, 05/11/2018
Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community, from students to alumni to registered student organizations, were recognized for their contributions to the university this school year during the 15th annual NUMAS Awards ceremony held May 4 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
Date Posted:
Wed, 05/09/2018
Top students from 42 academic programs at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were given accolades for their work when they received Academic Excellence Awards from the university.
Date Posted:
Mon, 05/07/2018
The 10th anniversary of “Azahares,” the annual Spanish literary magazine published by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will be celebrated at a release event at 6 p.m. May 3 in room 122 of the Boreham Library on the UAFS Campus.
Date Posted:
Thu, 04/26/2018
“A Grand Night for Singing,” the final show of Season of Entertainment 37 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 S. 7th St.
Date Posted:
Tue, 04/24/2018
The unmanned aerial systems program is taking off at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Last spring, UAFS announced plans to begin offering courses in the field – better known as drones – that would transition into degree programs at the university that would prepare residents for jobs in the emerging technological field. Now, after receiving approval April 20 from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, UAFS will offer that program – an associate degree in unmanned aerial systems – beginning in the fall semester.
Date Posted:
Tue, 04/24/2018
Five University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members were honored last week for their services to the institution during the Faculty Appreciation Ceremony held on campus. Recipients were Dr. Alexandra Zacharella of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award; Dr. Sandhya Baviskar of Fort Smith, recipient of the Lucille Speakman Master Teacher Award; Dr. Ann-Gee Lee of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence to the University, to the Profession, and to the Community Service Award; Jennifer Stewart of Fayetteville, recipient of the Luella M. Krehbiel Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award; and Bob Cloninger of Fort Smith, instructor of computer engineering in the Western Arkansas Technical Center, recipient of the Lori Norin Faculty Appreciation Award given by the Student Government Association.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/23/2018
The campus community at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Monday may have noticed something unexpected when traversing campus over the last few weeks: a three-dimensional crosswalk.
Date Posted:
Fri, 04/20/2018
College of Business students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were able to get a peek into the real world of business by participating in roundtable discussions with successful UAFS alumni.
Date Posted:
Fri, 04/20/2018
The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and the Student Veterans Organization at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host an event for suicide awareness at 2 p.m. May 3 at the Bell Tower on the UAFS campus.
Date Posted:
Thu, 04/19/2018
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 17 best research presentations delivered at the 11th Annual Student Research Symposium.
Date Posted:
Thu, 04/19/2018
Theatre students at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith will have a chance to showcase their talents as actors, directors and designers during the annual One-Act Play Showcase held at 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 on the UAFS campus.
Date Posted:
Wed, 04/18/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Tue, 04/17/2018
Sen. John Boozman, Arkansas’ senior U.S. Senator and dean of the state’s congressional delegation, will serve as the keynote speaker for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s commencement exercises at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 12 in the Stubblefield Center at UAFS.
Date Posted:
Tue, 04/17/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/16/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Fri, 04/13/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Thu, 04/12/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Wed, 04/11/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/09/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/09/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Thu, 04/05/2018
Jessica Medeiros may have not known it at the time, but getting laid off from her job as was a blessing in disguise.
Date Posted:
Wed, 04/04/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Mon, 04/02/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Fri, 03/30/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Wed, 03/28/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Wed, 03/28/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Tue, 03/27/2018
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.
Date Posted:
Mon, 03/26/2018
The Jazz Catz and Jazz Band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will treat music lovers to a concert of 100 years of music at 7:30 p.m. April 17 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
Date Posted:
Tue, 03/20/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its annual cultural event, African Night, at 6 p.m. April 6 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.  
Date Posted:
Fri, 03/16/2018

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