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Jumpstart Members Serve During Americorps Week
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.
UAFS Announces Spanish for the Helping Professions Certificate Option
Beginning this summer University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students will have the option to add a Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish for the Helping Professions to their academic resume thanks to a collaboration between the Department of World Languages and social work, psychology, and health sciences programs at UAFS.
UAFS Faculty Earn Appreciation Awards
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
UAFS STEM Professors Earn $74,000 in Grants to Fund Undergraduate Research
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.” 
Top 10 UAFS Alumni of 2021 Announced
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.
Jayson Toney Crowned Miss UAFS 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. 
Eight Vie for the 2021 Miss UAFS Crown
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.
UAFS Hosts 48th Annual Conference of the Arkansas Political Science Association
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.” 
UAFS Kicks Off Women's History Month Slate on March 8, International Women's Day
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.
Heppner to Lead Cub Camp 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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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
Date Posted:
Fri, 04/09/2021
Beginning this summer University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students will have the option to add a Certificate of Proficiency in Spanish for the Helping Professions to their academic resume thanks to a collaboration between the Department of World Languages and social work, psychology, and health sciences programs at UAFS.
Date Posted:
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.” 
Date Posted:
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.
Date Posted:
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. 
Date Posted:
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.” 
Date Posted:
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.
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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.
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Wed, 02/17/2021
As Arkansas braces for another round of snowfall and temperatures dip below 0 degrees, the age-old past time of bird watching is bringing joy to river valley residents. Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, professor of ornithology at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, shared some insight into the kinds of birds residents can expect to see in the snow and how to help these feathered friends stay fed during this unusual weather.
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Tue, 02/16/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will celebrate Homecoming 2021 Feb. 22-27 with a blend of virtual and in-person events. This year’s events fall under the theme “Lucky to be a Lion” and will put a digital spin on some of the traditional competitions and events.
Date Posted:
Thu, 02/11/2021
Close to 300 University of Arkansas – Fort Smith employees received their first COVID-19 vaccination today, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, thanks to a partnership clinic between the university and Mercy Fort Smith. 
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Fri, 02/05/2021
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith School of Education recently celebrated three of its graduates for being named among the first recipients of the 2020-2021 High Reliability Teacher (HRT) Cohort for Arkansas program.
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Wed, 02/03/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith recently received just over $78,000 in funding to launch the newest regional office of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center. 
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Tue, 02/02/2021
Eleven students from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Jumpstart Arkansas program participated participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service Jan. 18, 2021, by serving the Fort Smith community through the 100 Families initiative. The UAFS Jumpstart members partnered with the Literacy Council of Western Arkansas, United Way of Northwest Arkansas, and local bookstore Bookish to complete the project in celebration of diversity.
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Mon, 02/01/2021
Throughout the month of February, UAFS will honor Black History month thanks collaborative efforts of the university’s Black Student Association, Campus Activities Board, Student Life Office, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programming Committee.
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Thu, 01/28/2021
Fort Smith Mayor George McGill visited the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Wednesday, January 27, 2021, to sign a proclamation recognizing UAFS students who brought forward innovative ideas to improve the quality of place of the City of Fort Smith, and to name the students official Fort Smith Ambassadors.
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Wed, 01/27/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the fall 2020 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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Mon, 01/25/2021
Impassioned leaders from across the River Valley joined together Monday, Jan. 18, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s annual panel discussion, which was moved to a virtual format this year due to COVID-19.
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Mon, 01/18/2021
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will commemorate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an online panel discussion, open to anyone who wishes to participate, at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18.
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Fri, 01/15/2021
60 student-athletes at UAFS have been named to Lone Star Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll this year, with 12 earning a 4.0.
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Thu, 01/14/2021
​​​​​​​University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Instructor Lisa Cady earned elite recognition from the National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence, making her among the first 21 educators in the nation to earn Geospatial Science and Technology Educator Certification.
Date Posted:
Fri, 01/08/2021
More than 300 students attending the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will have the option to receive the COVID-19 vaccination on Monday, January 11, thanks to a partnership between Coleman Pharmacy and the UAFS College of Health Sciences. In addition to students, Health Sciences faculty, instructors, and support staff who have not been vaccinated in regional hospitals and clinics will also be able to receive the vaccination.
Date Posted:
Fri, 01/08/2021
Beginning this spring, graduate students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith who earned bachelor's degrees from the university will be eligible for more than $2,000 in annual scholarships thanks to a new loyalty scholarship announced this week.
Date Posted:
Wed, 01/06/2021
The Department of Music at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has been named one of the nation’s best values in undergraduate music education by Great Value Colleges, a researched-based ranking site that aims to help connect prospective students with high-quality, affordable education.
Date Posted:
Tue, 01/05/2021
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith was recently ranked 43rd in the nation as one of the most affordable colleges to earn the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Childhood Education by DiscoverEarlyChildhoodEDU.org.
Date Posted:
Mon, 12/21/2020
Effective Jan. 19, 2021, John William Blue will become the first executive director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
Date Posted:
Fri, 12/18/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith hosted a virtual commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 12, to honor graduation candidates of the spring, summer, and fall semesters of 2020 in a safe and socially-distanced manner to minimize the potential threat of COVID-19 for students, faculty, staff and their families. 
Date Posted:
Tue, 12/15/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a virtual commencement ceremony tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, for graduates of the fall class of 2020.
Date Posted:
Fri, 12/11/2020

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