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State of The City Address To Be Held Feb. 19 at UAFS
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. 
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Gives Back
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.
Black History Month Kicks Off at UAFS
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.
Hannibal B. Johnson to Speak at UAFS Feb. 12
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.
UAFS Homecoming To Be Held Feb. 24-29
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Homecoming celebration events will take place Feb. 24-29 on the UAFS campus.
UAFS Blood Drive Jan 29-30
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, and Thursday, Jan. 30, in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center on the UAFS campus, located at 800 N. 49th Street. January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, making this month's drive especially important.
Future Fit Training Program Begins Second Class at UAFS
Future Fit, an innovative pilot program launched by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will begin its second class today, Jan. 27, with a full enrollment of 20 students.
Jumpstart Arkansas Volunteers Serve During MLK Day
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith program Jumpstart Arkansas mobilized residents to serve this week as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. For 25 years, groups around the nation have served their communities on the MLK holiday, honoring Dr. King’s legacy of leadership and service.
UAFS Grounds Team Earns Water & Sustainability Innovation Award
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s grounds management team Southeast Service Corporation (SSC) was presented the Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply and Audubon International Water & Sustainability Innovation Award January 15, 2020, for their overhaul of UAFS irrigation systems and their continuing commitment to sustainability on campus. The honor recognizes landscape companies, organizations, and municipalities for sustainable, water-efficient projects that strive to impact environmental and economic health and quality of life.
UPDATE: UAFS Campus to Close Jan. 22.
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith remain closed all day, Wednesday, January 22, due to winter weather. No classes or labs will be held. Offices will remain closed all day. 

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The UAFS School of Education has earned a $1.8 million grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education that will allow the university’s early childhood education (ECE) program to increase its free professional development offerings to Arkansas early childhood educators.
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Thu, 12/05/2019
As a high school sophomore weighing his options, Michael Lay had no intention of graduating college, a feat neither of his parents had yet completed. But thanks to a campus tour through the Upward Bound program, Lay fell in love with UAFS and began charting a course toward his future. 
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Thu, 12/05/2019
For many university professors, the idea of receiving one Fulbright award would be a dream come true. For Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, professor of biology at UAFS, that dream has now come true three times.
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Thu, 12/05/2019
Two undergraduate students from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were honored with presenting their research at the 2019 conference of the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Oct. 26-27 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Harmeet Kaur Chohan and Jeremiah Smith presented their findings to more than 400 students and faculty assembled at the conference.
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Tue, 12/03/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith theatre program earned a wealth of accolades at the Arkansas State Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival earlier this month. Held at the University of the Ozarks Seay Theatre, the Theatre@UAFS company and crew for the shows "Side Man" and "Ghost Sonata" took home a whopping 14 awards, including excellence awards in virtually every facet of production and a half-dozen individual actor awards. 
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Mon, 12/02/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 2019-20 Chancellor’s Leadership Council is wrapping up the service project and leadership training portion of their four-year scholarship program, having partnered with numerous leaders from across the state to better their university and their community.
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Tue, 11/26/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith College of Business hosted the Advances in Business Research Symposium, an intensive academic research event, Nov. 11-12, 2019,  welcoming 30 presenters representing nine universities from Texas to Florida to the UAFS campus.
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Tue, 11/26/2019
While the turkey is cooking and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade streams across the television, we know many of you will be flipping (or scrolling) through Black Friday ads, thinking of the best holiday gifts for your loved ones. This year, we invite you to add these alumni-owned businesses to your list, and shop Lion local! 
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Tue, 11/26/2019
The court and seating area at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Stubblefield Center will soon bear the name “Gayle Kaundart Arena,” following the adoption of a resolution by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees honoring the legendary basketball coach.
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Fri, 11/22/2019
Tony Jones, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith class of 2016 alumnus and University of Arkansas School of Law Juris Doctorate candidate, will speak at UAFS’s fall commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Stubblefield Center, located at 532 N. Waldron Rd.
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Fri, 11/22/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Police Department is in the giving spirit this holiday season, launching their third annual Food For Fines program this week. 
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Thu, 11/21/2019
Reagan Heppner, a 19-year-old vocal music education major at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, is a natural leader who is always seeking a new challenge, and her upcoming role as Cub Camp director will undoubtedly be one of her most rewarding challenges yet.
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Thu, 11/21/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith American Democracy Project will host a town hall with the executive director of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery and the financial aid manager at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education at noon Friday, Nov. 22, in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center Reynolds Room, located at 800 N. 49th St.
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Tue, 11/19/2019
Area residents can get in the holiday spirit this month with a slate of free, public events hosted by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, including a campus lighting ceremony, a festive holiday concert and a meet and greet with Santa.
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Tue, 11/19/2019
In celebration of the holiday season, students, faculty, and staff and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith gathered together this week to pull the first angel tags from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. 
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Sat, 11/16/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith social work program has earned initial accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
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Fri, 11/15/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith earned a coveted bronze seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Washington, D.C.
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Thu, 11/14/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment brings the Jazz Catz and Jazz Band back to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, with selections sure to delight music lovers of all ages. 
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Wed, 11/13/2019
Air Force veteran Jana Aydelott-Leeper came to the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith after an intense career in the military as a weather forecaster and observer, looking to enrich her natural talents in entrepreneurship. The Roland, Oklahoma, native traveled to 28 countries while on active duty but returned home to the River Valley to earn her degree in a supportive, empowering community.
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Sat, 11/09/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith celebrated National First-Generation Student Day Friday, Nov. 8, alongside fellow campuses across the country.
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Fri, 11/08/2019
Jen Fry, a nationally acclaimed speaker and social justice educator, led training sessions, discussion groups, and workshops on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus Tuesday, encouraging conversation on diversity and inclusion in higher education and athletics. 
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Wed, 11/06/2019
A week from today the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Season of Entertainment will present the 2016 Tony Award winning Broadway production, The Color Purple to river valley fans, UAFS students and a special guest audience of area high school students. 
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Mon, 11/04/2019
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith Foundation’s scholarship portal Lions Share is now open to UAFS students. The Scholarship Hub and Resource Engine connects UAFS students to scholarships made possible by the generous support of private donors.
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Fri, 11/01/2019
Jake Myers came into the Master’s in Health Care Administration program at UAFS with no medical experience, but a passion for making a difference through leadership. After earning his MHCA, Myers has found a job and a calling right in his hometown.
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Tue, 10/29/2019
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith campus has earned an esteemed accolade for its pristine landscaping and grounds management.
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Thu, 10/24/2019
Wednesday afternoon University of Arkansas Fort Smith Students in the STEM Living Learning Community convened at the Fort Smith Regional Airport to experience 3-D Laser scanning, also known as light detection and ranging technology (LiDAR,) in action.
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Fri, 10/18/2019
Wesley Hooks, technical director at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith joined hundreds of professionals from across the country in Washington D.C. this September for the National Role Models Conference, where he was honored with Minority Access Incorporated’s esteemed Mentor Role Model award.
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Tue, 10/15/2019
The UAFS Haunted Union will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
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Tue, 10/15/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will soon provide even more academic support for its students thanks to a $2.25 million, five-year grant from the Department of Education. 
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Mon, 10/14/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Student Veterans Organization put action behind their mission to support local veterans this weekend, spending their Saturday morning installing a 12-by-16-foot greenhouse at the Buddy Smith Home in Fort Smith.
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Sat, 10/12/2019
At the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, administrators, student groups, and community leaders are working together to provide meals for students in a pilot program that brings Fort Smith’s Sack Lunch Program to campus. 
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Fri, 10/11/2019
Students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will partner with First National Bank of Fort Smith this week to work a seemingly unsolvable problem for the second year – How to fix the national debt. During the interactive workshop, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, students of the UAFS College of Business will learn from experts how the federal budget and national debt work
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Tue, 10/08/2019
A familiar face has returned to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Lions Athletics Department, helping tell the story of UAFS’s student-athletes. Dusan Stojanovic took over as the UAFS sports information director this fall, returning to the city and the basketball court he called home for five years. 
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Mon, 10/07/2019
A group of students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith have taken up the mission of supporting teachers and children in the region after a lesson on satire inspired the class to respond to a serious problem with more than just humor.  Thursday, Oct. 3, from noon to 3 p.m. at the UAFS Bell Tower, a team of students will host Help A Teacher, Help A Child, an inaugural school supply drive and fundraiser to support the educators of Fort Smith.
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Tue, 10/01/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s annual Family Weekend will take place Oct. 25-26 this year, featuring a welcome reception, lip-sync battle, chili cook-off, and two volleyball games. The weekend will also represent the culmination of UAFS Volunteer Week and UAFS Greek Week with numerous on-campus and community-based activities. All Family Weekend events are free and open to the public in hopes of allowing students, parents and community members a chance to experience life on campus.
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Tue, 10/01/2019
Theatre @ UAFS will perform Warren Leight’s Tony Award–winning play “Side Man” by Warren Leight at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26-28; Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the Breedlove Auditorium on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus as part of the Season of Entertainment 39. Tickets for the jazz musical are $6 for the general public and free to UAFS faculty, staff and students. To acquire tickets contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300 or go to tickets.uafs.edu.
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Thu, 09/26/2019

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