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UAFS Invests in Training Faculty to Excel in Online Teaching
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.
UAFS Chancellor Announces Protect The Pride Plan
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. 
UA System Directs Campuses to Require Face Coverings When Distancing is not Possible
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.
Dr. Terisa Riley to host Chancellor Chats
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.
Future Fit Adapts to COVID-19, Helps Combat Unemployment
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.
UAFS Welcomes Chartwells as New Food Service Provider
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.
UAFS Campus Named Groundwater Guardian Green Site
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.
Academic Excellence Award Winners Announced
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.
Boreham Library Releases Pride Month Book List
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. 
UAFS Earns $678,461 Grant to Complete Wilhauf Restoration
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.

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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.
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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
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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. 
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Wed, 06/10/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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Mon, 06/08/2020
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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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
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
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

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