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UAS Program Takes Flight at UAFS
The unmanned aerial systems program is taking off at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Last spring, UAFS announced plans to begin offering courses in the field – better known as drones – that would transition into degree programs at the university that would prepare residents for jobs in the emerging technological field. Now, after receiving approval April 20 from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, UAFS will offer that program – an associate degree in unmanned aerial systems – beginning in the fall semester.
“A Grand Night for Singing” Slated for May 1
“A Grand Night for Singing,” the final show of Season of Entertainment 37 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 S. 7th St.
UAFS Faculty Awarded at Ceremony
Five University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members were honored last week for their services to the institution during the Faculty Appreciation Ceremony held on campus. Recipients were Dr. Alexandra Zacharella of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Award; Dr. Sandhya Baviskar of Fort Smith, recipient of the Lucille Speakman Master Teacher Award; Dr. Ann-Gee Lee of Fort Smith, recipient of the Excellence to the University, to the Profession, and to the Community Service Award; Jennifer Stewart of Fayetteville, recipient of the Luella M. Krehbiel Adjunct Teaching Excellence Award; and Bob Cloninger of Fort Smith, instructor of computer engineering in the Western Arkansas Technical Center, recipient of the Lori Norin Faculty Appreciation Award given by the Student Government Association.
UAFS Student Paints Three-Dimensional Crosswalk on Campus
The campus community at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Monday may have noticed something unexpected when traversing campus over the last few weeks: a three-dimensional crosswalk.
UAFS Students Hear About Real-World Challenges at Alumni Roundtable
College of Business students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were able to get a peek into the real world of business by participating in roundtable discussions with successful UAFS alumni.
17 Research Presentation at UAFS Receive Awards
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 17 best research presentations delivered at the 11th Annual Student Research Symposium.
UAFS ROTC to Hold Suicide Awareness Event May 3
The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and the Student Veterans Organization at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host an event for suicide awareness at 2 p.m. May 3 at the Bell Tower on the UAFS campus.
One-Act Play Showcase to Hit the Stage April 26-28
Theatre students at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith will have a chance to showcase their talents as actors, directors and designers during the annual One-Act Play Showcase held at 7:30 p.m. April 26-28 on the UAFS campus.
Boozman to Speak at UAFS Commencement May 12
Sen. John Boozman, Arkansas’ senior U.S. Senator and dean of the state’s congressional delegation, will serve as the keynote speaker for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s commencement exercises at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 12 in the Stubblefield Center at UAFS.
UAFS Students Win Medals at SkillsUSA
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students, including those in the Western Arkansas Technical Center at UAFS, won a total of 15 medals – nine of them gold medals – in the 2018 Arkansas SkillsUSA Championships.

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The Symphonic Band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 4 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Fri, 03/16/2018
An exhibition featuring 20 posters from prominent Iranian artists and 20 posters by international graphic designers will be on display at Windgate Art & Design at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith through April 6, with a lecture and workshop by one of the artists slated in late March.
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Fri, 03/16/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the list of students receiving degrees and certificates during the fall 2017 semester and the second summer term ending in August.
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Tue, 03/13/2018
Garrett Rogers of Clayton, Okla., may have had some good birthdays in his life, but he’s never had won quite like this one. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student appeared on “The Price is Right” March 8, netting $52,000 in winnings including a car, a pontoon boat, and a trip to a Californian beach.
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Mon, 03/12/2018
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith business students in the Beta Alpha Psi honors society were able to hear about the federal government’s budgeting and appropriations process from U.S. Rep. Steve Womack during a talk on campus earlier this month.
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Mon, 03/12/2018
LaTavia Rollinson, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, does it all. Having gone to Northside High School, Rollinson decided to attend UAFS because it was nearby. “It’s close to home, and it would have been cheaper than going to anywhere else,” Rollinson said. “And I had moved out after I graduated high school, so I didn’t want to pick up and leave.” 19-year-old Rollinson works full time as a manager at Taco Bell. She also works at a local daycare, taking care of children between the ages of 8 months and 1 year.
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Tue, 03/06/2018
Debbie Findlay of Greenwood, advising coordinator in the College of Communications, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences, was the recipient of the 2018 inaugural Staff Appreciation Award in honor of Mark Horn, selected by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Student Government Association.
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Mon, 03/05/2018
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students were able to hear firsthand of the state’s efforts to reduce criminal recidivism and foster care rates during a talk last week by Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope.
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Mon, 03/05/2018
Thirty-six University of Arkansas Fort Smith employees were honored for their years of service to the university at a bi-annual staff meeting Feb. 28.
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Fri, 03/02/2018
In a competitive pageant that awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships to winners among its 13 contestants, it was Elizabeth Spencer of Fort Smith who took the crown of Miss UAFS 2018 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s scholarship pageant Feb. 24.
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Mon, 02/26/2018
It was never enough for Jared Dunning to simply know that electronics worked. He had to know how they worked as well.
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Wed, 02/21/2018
The annual Battle of the Bands at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will take place at 6 p.m. March 1 in the Breedlove Auditorium, located at 5120 Grand Ave. on the UAFS campus.
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Wed, 02/21/2018
A UAFS program that educates Fort Smith high school students in robot automation and cyber systems is moving, and next year the courses will be taught on-site at ABB and ArcBest.
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Thu, 02/15/2018
A generous heart, a modest lifestyle and a storybook romance led to a $100,000 donation to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith to help working students.
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Wed, 02/14/2018
Tradition is important to Kaley Underwood. It’s part of the reason she decided to attend the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, following in the footsteps of her father and aunt, both of whom attended the university when it was Westark Community College. But Underwood isn’t only continuing traditions in her own family. She’s also helping continue traditions at UAFS by serving as the director of Cub Camp for 2018, a three-day camp for incoming UAFS freshmen hosted by upperclassmen that helps ease the transition from high school to college.
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Tue, 02/13/2018
A week of homecoming festivities at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith culminated in the crowning of students Steven Stone of Lamar and Ashley Anderson of Rogers as 2018 Homecoming King and Queen.
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Tue, 02/13/2018
The Department of Music at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith will present a choral spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith, located at 116 North 12th St.
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Thu, 02/08/2018
For Dave Robertson, there’s two ways of looking at economic development. “One is bringing in new business, but the other aspect of it is supporting existing businesses,” Robertson said. “Eighty to ninety percent of all US businesses are considered a family business. When you realize how significant that number is, and you look at the challenges that they face that are kind of unique, you can see where there’s an opportunity to support them and keep them strong.” Helping local family businesses address those challenges was a major reason Robertson took over as director of the Family Enterprise Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith nine years ago, a program that grows the economy of the greater Fort Smith region by helping local family businesses.
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Mon, 02/05/2018
The title of Miss UAFS 2018 will be up for grabs this month when 13 University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students compete in the university’s annual scholarship pageant held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, located at 55 S. 7th St.
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Fri, 02/02/2018
Twenty-eight local children will participate in the Miss UAFS Scholarship Pageant Feb. 24 through the Princess/Prince Program, a non-competitive program allowing children ages 5-10 to take part in pageant festivities.
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Fri, 02/02/2018
Although she hails from the Lone Star State, Audrey Legg found the home she was looking for at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Thu, 02/01/2018
Theatre @ UAFS will perform Dylan Thomas’s play “Under Milk Wood” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15-17 and 19-20 in the Breedlove Auditorium on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus as part of the Season of Entertainment 37.
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Thu, 02/01/2018
A former University of Arkansas – Fort Smith administrator who helped grow the university’s endowment to more than $50 million will be given the Diligence to Victory Award at the Homecoming Reunion Social at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd Street.
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Tue, 01/30/2018
Rebecca Hurst, managing partner at Smith Hurst law firm, will receive the second annual Young Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Alumni Association, recognizing the alumna’s successful career in business law and service to the university.
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Tue, 01/30/2018
The Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a three-week test preparation course for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 test to become a commercial operator of unmanned aerial aircraft, more commonly known as drones.
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Mon, 01/29/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the fall 2017 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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Mon, 01/22/2018
For many professionals, earning a vice president position at a major bank would signify the culmination of their professional career. For Chukwukere Ekeh, it’s just the beginning.
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Mon, 01/22/2018
When the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith chapter of the Student Veterans Organization placed third in the business plan competition at the annual Student Veterans of America national conference last year, they vowed to do better at the 2018 conference.
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Thu, 01/18/2018
The dental hygiene program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will sponsor free afterschool clinics in the spring for children in the greater Fort Smith region.
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Wed, 01/17/2018
On Jan. 15, six Lincoln High School alumni spoke of their experiences integrating from the all-black school to Northside High School during a panel discussion at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Wed, 01/17/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community and residents of the greater Fort Smith region will have the opportunity to get their game on during the university’s annual Homecoming festivities Feb. 5-10.
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Thu, 01/11/2018
The talents of music faculty at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will be on display during the Music Faculty Showcase held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 as part of the university’s Season at The Blue Lion.
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Wed, 01/10/2018
For the last seven years, the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps has been a part of cadet Michael Dotson’s life. He participated in it while at Northside High School and continued into the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. On Jan. 4, Dotson’s time with the ROTC program came to an end when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army during a ceremony held at Faith United Methodist Church.  
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Tue, 01/09/2018
Savannah Page isn’t sure exactly where her degree will take her, but she’s sure of one thing: It’s going to be filled with smiles.
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Tue, 01/09/2018
Registration is now open for local girls and boys who want to participate in the Princess/Prince program during the Miss UAFS Scholarship Pageant Feb. 24, offering an opportunity to meet and appear on stage with pageant contestants.
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Fri, 01/05/2018
The Bumper Jacksons, a six-piece band showcasing an eclectic mix of folk music, will come to The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd Street, for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.
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Fri, 01/05/2018

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