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Summer Reading Series Part 3: Juneteenth
Ahead of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, UAFS faculty, staff, and students have compiled a reading and watching list full of works that explore, celebrate, and honor the Black experience, and emphasize equality, education, and empowerment.
Summer Reading Series Part 2: Pride
Throughout the summer students, faculty, and staff at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will release weekly reading (and watching) lists, centered around amplifying diverse voices, and sharing fulfilling, fun, moving, and monumental stories with the UAFS community. For the first week of this summer series, the dedicated librarians at the UAFS Boreham Library created a list that celebrates and honors the LGBTQIA+ community and the excitement of Pride Month.
Spring 2021 Dean's List Announced
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the spring 2021 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Summer Reading Series Part 1: Pride
Throughout the summer students, faculty, and staff at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will release weekly reading (and watching) lists, centered around amplifying diverse voices, and sharing fulfilling, fun, moving, and monumental stories with the UAFS community. For the first week of this summer series, the dedicated librarians at the UAFS Boreham Library created a list that celebrates and honors the LGBTQIA+ community and the excitement of Pride Month.
Carey Tucker Named Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, following a national search, has announced the appointment of its newest Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Carey F. Tucker, Thursday, June 3, 2021. 
Adult Degree Completion Program Helps Students Find Their Fire
Brittany Sounyaphong has a piece of advice for people who might be considering the Adult Degree Completion Program at UAFS: Find your fire.
Alumni Director Rick Goins Reflects on His Time at UAFS
There’s an old saying that if you love what you do, you never go to work. Over the last 7 and a half years, I believe I have “gone to work” for about a total of three weeks. It has been my honor and privilege to represent, engage with, and share the stories of as many of our amazing students and alumni as possible as your director of Alumni Affairs.
Arvest Gift of $50,000 Supports Innovation at The Bakery
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith announced a $50,000 gift from Arvest Bank this Friday, May 21, 2021, which will support the university’s strategic investments at The Bakery District in downtown Fort Smith. In recognition of the gift, UAFS will name the entrance of its new space in honor of the bank. 
Geosciences Students Demonstrate Program's Opportunities
Three geosciences students from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith demonstrate the wide range of topics and disciplines in the program; their graduate school plans, and the prestigious fellowships that accompany them, reflect the same diversity.
2021 Student Research Symposium Winners
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 17 best research presentations delivered at the 14th Annual Student Research Symposium.

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Ahead of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, UAFS faculty, staff, and students have compiled a reading and watching list full of works that explore, celebrate, and honor the Black experience, and emphasize equality, education, and empowerment.
Date Posted:
Fri, 06/18/2021
Throughout the summer students, faculty, and staff at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will release weekly reading (and watching) lists, centered around amplifying diverse voices, and sharing fulfilling, fun, moving, and monumental stories with the UAFS community. For the first week of this summer series, the dedicated librarians at the UAFS Boreham Library created a list that celebrates and honors the LGBTQIA+ community and the excitement of Pride Month.
Date Posted:
Fri, 06/11/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the spring 2021 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Date Posted:
Thu, 06/10/2021
Throughout the summer students, faculty, and staff at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will release weekly reading (and watching) lists, centered around amplifying diverse voices, and sharing fulfilling, fun, moving, and monumental stories with the UAFS community. For the first week of this summer series, the dedicated librarians at the UAFS Boreham Library created a list that celebrates and honors the LGBTQIA+ community and the excitement of Pride Month.
Date Posted:
Fri, 06/04/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, following a national search, has announced the appointment of its newest Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Carey F. Tucker, Thursday, June 3, 2021. 
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Thu, 06/03/2021
Brittany Sounyaphong has a piece of advice for people who might be considering the Adult Degree Completion Program at UAFS: Find your fire.
Date Posted:
Thu, 05/27/2021
There’s an old saying that if you love what you do, you never go to work. Over the last 7 and a half years, I believe I have “gone to work” for about a total of three weeks. It has been my honor and privilege to represent, engage with, and share the stories of as many of our amazing students and alumni as possible as your director of Alumni Affairs.
Date Posted:
Wed, 05/26/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith announced a $50,000 gift from Arvest Bank this Friday, May 21, 2021, which will support the university’s strategic investments at The Bakery District in downtown Fort Smith. In recognition of the gift, UAFS will name the entrance of its new space in honor of the bank. 
Date Posted:
Fri, 05/21/2021
Three geosciences students from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith demonstrate the wide range of topics and disciplines in the program; their graduate school plans, and the prestigious fellowships that accompany them, reflect the same diversity.
Date Posted:
Tue, 05/18/2021
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 17 best research presentations delivered at the 14th Annual Student Research Symposium.
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Wed, 05/12/2021
At 16, Joshua Merritt is the youngest UAFS graduate to walk in commencement exercises this week, and that makes UAFS’ own Jason Merritt one incredibly proud father. 
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Thu, 05/06/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith announced a nearly $8 million gift from the Windgate Foundation this week, which will provide multiple avenues to enrich and elevate academic opportunities for students at UAFS.
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Mon, 05/03/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith held the first two of its seven commencement ceremonies this month on Saturday, May 1, honoring 2020 graduates who returned to campus to take their long-delayed walking across the stage.
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Sat, 05/01/2021
Day of Giving 2021 is in the books now at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, and it shattered its goals.
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Fri, 04/30/2021
The Art Department at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has been designated one of the 100 Great Affordable Colleges for Art in 2021.
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Thu, 04/29/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Foundation is hosting a Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 28. This crowdfunding event will allow friends and members of the university community to create unique opportunities for students through seven initiatives.
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Wed, 04/28/2021
Azahares, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith's award-winning Spanish-language creative literary magazine, has been released through the College of Communication, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences
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Fri, 04/23/2021
It’s no wonder that a UAFS student whose volunteer activities regularly overflow her calendar would be invited to speak at the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism;  a real surprise would be if she weren’t. Fatima Bonilla, a junior elementary education student and member of Jumpstart Arkansas at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has been invited to participate in a panel discussion at the EngageAR office in Little Rock.
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Thu, 04/22/2021
Following more than a year of research, discovery, analysis, and design, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith launched its new brand Wednesday, April 21, 2021, with a  ceremonial flag-raising and celebration on the campus green. UAFS chancellor, Dr. Terisa Riley, joined Chris Kelly, director of marketing and communications to speak to the importance of this moment in the university’s history.
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Wed, 04/21/2021
As the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith prepares for in-person learning in the 2021-2022 school year, it plans to offer three new Living and Learning Communities in the Lion's Den residence hall. The new LLCs will be for students planning to be business majors, students interested in developing their leadership potential, and students in the Myles Friedman Honors Program. They will join students in the university's first LLC, which is for students working toward a degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM LLC began in the fall semester of 2019.
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Mon, 04/19/2021
As the sun sets on the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment just shy of its 40th year, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus and Community Events Stacey Jones reflected on how the season started, his favorite moments, and the bright future ahead for the arts on campus, and in the city of Fort Smith. 
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Thu, 04/15/2021
Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Jumpstart Arkansas, an AmeriCorps national service program funded by EngageAR, participated in National AmeriCorps Week March 7-13 by serving the Fort Smith community through a variety of volunteer projects.  The UAFS student members were also joined by School of Education faculty in packing snack bags for the backpack program at Community Clearing House; creating and delivering flyers for Heart to Heart Pregnancy Center; and serving dinner for residents at Community Rescue Mission.
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Wed, 04/14/2021
Four University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members were honored for their services to the institution during the Annual Faculty Appreciation Day, which took place virtually April 9. Honorees were Rebecca Cheek of Alma, recipient of the Luella M. Krehbiel Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award; Dr. Kristin Tardif of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence to the University, to the Profession, and the Community Service Award; Dr. Shelli Henehan of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award; and Dr. Nicki Stancil, recipient of the Lucille Speakman Master Teacher Award. Each recipient received accolades at the event, a commemorative plaque, and $2,500
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Fri, 04/09/2021
Two professors in the college of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith have received grants totaling more than $74,000 from the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to advance undergraduate research at the university. Dr. Souvik Banerjee, assistant professor of organic and medicinal chemistry, applied for and received a grant for $38,250 for a research proposal entitled “Tubulin Polymerization Inhibitors for the Treatment of Resistant Metastatic Mela.” Dr. Mohammad Halim, assistant professor of chemistry, received $36,341 for his research project “Structure-Guided Design of Antiviral Peptides Against SARS-CoV-2.” 
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Thu, 03/25/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Alumni Association announced the Top 10 Alumni of 2021, part of the Feb. 26 Homecoming 2021 “Lucky to Be a Lion” event slate. The honor acknowledges alumni for their contributions in their field of study, service to their community, professional accomplishments, and/or philanthropy work in support of worthy causes.
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Tue, 03/16/2021
In a competition that awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and prizes among its eight candidates, Jayson Toney claimed the crown of Miss UAFS 2021 during the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s scholarship competition on March 13. 
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Sat, 03/13/2021
A new woman will don the Miss University of Arkansas – Fort Smith crown this Saturday, as eight contestants participate in the university’s annual scholarship competition, which will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 13, at the UAFS Breedlove Auditorium.
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Fri, 03/12/2021
The 48th Annual Conference of the Arkansas Political Science Association took place in a virtual format Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26, hosted for the first time by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest that has caused a myriad of political, social, economic, and international disruptions, the theme for this year’s event was “An Unnatural State of Affairs: Governing in Uncertain Times.” 
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Thu, 03/11/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has announced a slate of events honoring and celebrating Women’s History Month, kicking off on the 2021 International Day of Women, March 8, with celebrations, discussions, and presentations at the UAFS campus and through Zoom.
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Fri, 03/05/2021
Incoming first-year students at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith will be welcomed to their UAFS experience by a new slate of 2021 Cub Camp directors, led by a familiar face – Reagan Heppner, who will serve her second term as a director this year with a staff of three assistant directors and 14 chairs. Cub Camp, the traditional welcome weekend experience for incoming UAFS students will take place Aug. 18-21, connecting new Lions to the campus, faculty, fellow students and university traditions. Entirely led by UAFS students, new Lions can create connections that will last far beyond their years at UAFS and ease their transition from high school to college. Cub Camp Registration is open now through August 6.
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Thu, 03/04/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a virtual town hall with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 3. Griffin will discuss his role as lieutenant governor as it pertains to the state government, the duties his office is responsible for, and what his priorities are in his current role. 
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Tue, 03/02/2021
Saturday afternoon, the Lucky To Be A Lion slate of homecoming festivities at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith culminated in the crowning of students Jomar Francisco of Little Rock and Shandreka McCullough of Farmington and as 2021 Homecoming King and Queen.
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Sat, 02/27/2021
AnnMarie McCollum, resident director of the Lion’s Den Residence Hall at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was recently selected as the recipient of the Nancy Murphy Chadwick Professional of Distinction Award from the Southwest Association of College and University Housing Officers. The award was presented virtually Feb. 26 during the association’s annual conference.
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Fri, 02/26/2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced students and teachers to pivot to remote work, hindrances to learning were plentiful, but University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumus Nate Evans, qho teaches Seventh grade literacy at Ankeny Community School District made it his mission to help his students success in any way possible – starting with their desks. 
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Thu, 02/25/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will resume in-person commencement ceremonies this May at the conclusion of the spring 2021 semester. Ceremonies will be conducted over four days to honor graduates from the current semester as well as those from spring, summer, and fall of 2020 who were unable to participate in a traditional ceremony.
Date Posted:
Thu, 02/18/2021
In an email sent Wednesday, Feb. 17, UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley shared a video regarding campus closure and gratitude to all the students, faculty and staff who are working so hard to continue teaching, learning, and working during this winter storm.
Date Posted:
Wed, 02/17/2021

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