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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.
Chancellor Riley on Social Media Complaint Reviews
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
UAFS Faculty Release Black Author Booklist
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. 
UAFS Grad Uses Degree to Propel NWA Business
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. 
UAFS Spring 2020 Dean's List Announced
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.
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. 

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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.
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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).
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Mon, 03/23/2020
UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley announced new work-from-home directives for staff, March 20-29.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Fri, 03/13/2020
Tuesday morning University of Arkansas - Fort Smith chancellor Dr. Terisa Riley released a statement to students, faculty, and staff regarding preparedness and prevention efforts related to COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus 2019.) Her full statement is included below.
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Tue, 03/10/2020
Two professors of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s College of Business, Dr. Dan Settlage, and Dr. Jim Wollscheid, received a commendation from the Journal of Economics Teaching, earning the 2019 Best Paper Award for their paper, “The Invisible Hand in Action - An Interactive Classroom Experiment.” 
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Fri, 03/06/2020
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith’s Campus Activities Board will host a Sensory Room Saturday, March 7, from 5-7p.m. in Baldor Room 101.  
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Fri, 03/06/2020
A new University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student will don the Miss UAFS crown this month as 12 contestants participate in the university’s annual scholarship competition, which will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center in the Fort Smith Convention Center.
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Wed, 03/04/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold two public meet and greet events to introduce the Fort Smith community to each of the finalist candidates for the position of Executive Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Thursday, March 5 and Thursday, March 12 on the UAFS campus. 
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Sat, 02/29/2020
The Roaring 20s slate of homecoming festivities at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith culminated in the crowning of students Luis “Wicho” Negrete Becerra of Saltillo, Mexico and Taely Dedmon of Mansfield as 2020 Homecoming King and Queen.
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Sat, 02/29/2020
Thanks to a partnership between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (TEACH) initiative, early childhood educators across Arkansas can earn their Associate of Applied Science degree from UAFS for as little as $77 a semester. 
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Mon, 02/24/2020
On Monday, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith announced that assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Mohammad Halim will be awarded the fourth grant from the Lucille Speakman Legacy Endowment.
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Mon, 02/24/2020
Judy I. and Larry D. Loux, members of the Fort Smith Junior College class of 1960, have been awarded the UAFS Alumni Association's Diligence to Victory Award.
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Fri, 02/21/2020
Brittany Slamons, graduate of the class of 2009 has been awarded the 2020 Young Alumni Award. Her award will be presented at the Homecoming Alumni Reunion Dinner Feb. 29.
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Fri, 02/21/2020
Legendary chancellor Joel Stubblefield will be named an honorary alumni of UAFS during the Alumni Reunion Dinner February 29. The Alumni Advisory Council established the award in 2018 to recognize individuals who demonstrate their outstanding support of the university, showing they are Lions at heart.
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Fri, 02/21/2020
Chris Kelly, director of marketing and communications at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, announced today that Rachel Putman will serve as the associate director for strategic communications effective immediately.
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Thu, 02/20/2020
Monday afternoon just before sunset, a helicopter landed on the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus, bringing with it a valuable experience for students in the Emergency Medical Technology program.
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Tue, 02/18/2020
For the fifth year, students, faculty and staff of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith joined with the United Way of the Fort Smith Area and the Crisis Intervention Center to host Rising in the River Valley. This annual Valentine’s Day event proclaims a local commitment to One Billion Rising’s global initiative to end sexual assault and domestic violence.
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Fri, 02/14/2020
heatre@UAFS will present a special performance of the award-winning production of “Side Man” at 7 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Alma Performing Arts Center. Proceeds from ticket sales will help enable UAFS theatre students to travel to Abilene, Texas, where they will compete at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region 6, Feb. 23-28. 
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Fri, 02/07/2020
Fort Smith Mayor George McGill will deliver the 2020 State of the City address at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. The address, which will include reports on city business, a review of initiatives that reached success in 2019, and McGill’s upcoming plans and vision for 2020, will be hosted in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center at UAFS. 
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Thu, 02/06/2020
The early reading program of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith's bachelor of science degree in elementary education has garnered accolades this week, earning an A grade from the National Council on Teacher Quality.
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Thu, 02/06/2020
Throughout the month of February, UAFS will honor Black History month thanks to the dedication of the Black Student Association, the Campus Activities Board and the Student Affairs Diversity Committee on campus.
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Wed, 02/05/2020
Members of one of UAFS’s Greek organizations recently took time from their studies to give back to the River Valley. The Omicron-Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity spent the weekend of Feb. 1-2 assisting the River Valley Regional Food Bank and Fort Smith Junior Volleyball Club with their various needs.
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Wed, 02/05/2020
Acclaimed attorney, author and independent consultant Hannibal B. Johnson will present a lecture titled, “From ‘Us and Them’ to ‘We’ – Examining Explicit and Implicit Biases,” ‪Wednesday, February 12, at 6 p.m. in the Reynold’s Room of the Smith Pendergraft Campus Center, on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus.
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Mon, 02/03/2020
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Homecoming celebration events will take place Feb. 24-29 on the UAFS campus.
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Wed, 01/29/2020

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