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UAFS Donates Personal Protective Equipment to UAMS
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.
All Spring Courses Move to Remote Delivery, Commencement Postponed.
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.
UAFS Food Pantry, Tyson Foods Assist Students in Need
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.
Chancellor Riley Announces Campus Directives
UAFS Chancellor Terisa Riley announced new work-from-home directives for staff, March 20-29.
UAFS Chancellor Responds to K-12 Closures
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.
Chancellor Riley Announces Extended Spring Break for UAFS Students
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.
UAFS Launches Website for COVID-19 Preparedness Efforts
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.
UAFS Campus Activities Board to host Sensory Room
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.  
UAFS professors earn Journal of Economics Teaching commendation for Paper on K-12 outreach
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.” 
12 Contestants to Vie for Miss UAFS Crown
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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University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students, faculty and alumni will enjoy a break from sales taxes the weekend of Aug. 3-4 when the university’s bookstore will participate in Arkansas’ Tax Free Holiday. 
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Fri, 08/02/2019
11 UAFS students began their summer immersed in the educational experience of a lifetime, during an International Honors Maymester course in Bulgaria, offered by the Myles Friedman Honors Program. Steeped in the rich cultural heritage of the region, the students focused their studies on sustainable development through the lens of the Bulgarian experience since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the democratic political changes that followed.
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Fri, 08/02/2019
Thanks to a collaborative effort between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and Methodist Village Senior Living, Alzheimer's residents can now enjoy a new variety of recreational items to enrich their days.
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Thu, 08/01/2019
Dr. Ragupathy Kannan, a biology and ecology professor at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, will set sail Aug. 14, 2019, to assist scientists on a 16-day Summer Ecosystem Monitoring Survey along the east coast of the United States. Dr. Kannan will participate in this cruise as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association's Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.
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Tue, 07/30/2019
When Shannon McGill enrolled at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith in 2017, she knew that life-changing decision was a long time coming. College was something the 35-year-old mother-of-three from Bixby, Okla., had been planning her entire life, and that August the moment and the institution were finally just right. 
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Thu, 07/25/2019
Blake Rickman, vice chancellor for university advancement and executive director of the UAFS Foundation, and Jennifer Holland, executive director for student retention, have been named to the 2020 class of Leadership Fort Smith, where the two will represent UAFS among 25 of the city’s most committed and ambitious citizens.
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Wed, 07/24/2019
When Quan “Jason” Ho began his studies at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in 2013, he told friends his exceptional English skills were thanks to not only his voracious desire to learn but also his love of American television. Now Ho is the star of a Vietnamese reality television show himself. 
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Wed, 07/17/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the schedules of touring shows and musical performances for Season of Entertainment 39 and the seventh annual Season at The Blue Lion.
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Sun, 07/14/2019
The College of Business at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host an intensive academic research event, The Advances in Business Research Symposium, Nov. 11-12, 2019, at the UAFS campus.
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Tue, 07/09/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, will host its summer blood drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.
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Tue, 07/09/2019
For 30 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students, the life-long dream to see the nation’s capital and explore the birthplace of the United States became a reality this summer, thanks to a condensed credit Maymester course, held through the Myles Friedman Honors Program.
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Wed, 07/03/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is thrilled to welcome Terisa C. Riley, Ph.D. as its chancellor as of July 1, 2019.
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Mon, 07/01/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has taken another step toward increasing retention and graduation – an initiative outlined in its latest strategic plan – through a fast-track completion program in the Department of World Languages.
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Fri, 06/21/2019
As a fifth-generation Arkansan, Booneville native Kayley Corley never imagined herself living anywhere else. But when she was awarded a prestigious John Paul Hammerschmidt Fellowship during her senior year at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, that all changed.
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Thu, 06/20/2019
Katie Burgess, an alumna of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith class of 2017, has earned recognition as one of the top 20 novice teachers in the state of Oklahoma by the Teaching & Leading Initiative of Oklahoma (TLI).
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Tue, 06/18/2019
When deciding where to go to college, high school stand-out Casey Ludolph of Pea Ridge considered numerous universities as her top choices, but when she arrived for her campus tour at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, she knew she’d found her home. What she didn’t realize was that UAFS would become where she found her voice and herself. 
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Mon, 06/17/2019
Through a partnership with Energy Efficient Design & Development (EEDD) based in Van Buren, the university will offer two summer programs dedicated to informing the public about solar energy and training prospective installers.
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Mon, 06/17/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has partnered with ABB to introduce the first Youth Apprenticeship Program for advanced manufacturing in the state of Arkansas. The collaborative program was launched at the Fort Smith Area Chamber of Commerce Signing Day on May 3 when nine students from six local high schools officially joined ABB as apprentices.
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Thu, 06/13/2019
Top students from 45 academic programs at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were given accolades for their work when they received Academic Excellence Awards from the university.
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Tue, 06/11/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for spring 2019 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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Tue, 06/11/2019
Four UAFS students spent their fall semester immersed in Spanish language and Chilean culture as part of their study abroad requirement for their degrees in Spanish.
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Mon, 06/10/2019
UAFS junior right fielder Logan Allen has been drafted by the Major League Baseball team the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Wed, 06/05/2019
Students completing the innovative MathUp program at UAFS saved a total of 202 credit hours, $40,400 in tuition costs, and 51 semesters toward graduation in the first summer of the program. In 2017, MathUp saved students a total of 190 credit hours, $42,440 in tuition, and 51 semesters toward graduation. 
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Fri, 05/24/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Family Enterprise Center will host New York Times top-ten author Dr. Tom Deans, Tuesday, June 4, 2019, as the keynote speaker for the quarterly breakfast meeting of the Family Enterprise Center (FEC).
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Thu, 05/23/2019
Little Lions will be practicing the alphabet and learning new words when they get their hands on “N is for Numa,” a new hardback children’s book expected to top UAFS alumni book charts.
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Wed, 05/22/2019
This summer children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in instructional camps focusing on the sports of baseball, basketball and volleyball, as well as, for the first time, cross country running, thanks to the UAFS Athletics Department
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Tue, 05/21/2019
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith interim chancellor Dr. Edward Serna will depart the university to assume the role of president of the University of Maine at Farmington. His last day at UAFS will be June 30, 2019.
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Tue, 05/21/2019
Dr. Ron W. Darbeau, dean of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and the School of Education, has been appointed to serve as the interim dean of the UAFS College of Health Sciences effective immediately.
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Wed, 05/15/2019
Two impactful community leaders spoke to graduates at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s 101st commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 11, 2019, urging them to fully commit to a life of continual learning and bettering their community as they embark on their next endeavors. 
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Sat, 05/11/2019
Of more than a thousand students who earned degrees and certificates as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith class of 2019, just two earned the honor of being commissioned as second lieutenants into the Arkansas Army National Guard, in addition to their degrees.
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Sat, 05/11/2019
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith junior Taylor Wewers has been selected as a prestigious John Paul Hammerschmidt (JPH) fellow by Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3). The fellowship will allow her to spend the summer immersed in national legislative affairs at Congressman Womack's Washington D.C. office.
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Mon, 05/06/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Unmanned Aerial Systems program hosted its inaugural Drone Day competition Saturday, with flight and build competitions that encouraged creative thinking in this emerging industry. Teams from Northside, Southside, Van Buren, Siloam Springs, and Future School high schools, and Ramsey Junior High School competed in the event.
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Sat, 05/04/2019
High-flying fun is guaranteed May 4 at the inaugural University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Drone Day, hosted by the Unmanned Aerial Systems program. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center, located at 5402 Kinkead Ave.
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Fri, 05/03/2019
Two local leaders of industry and innovation will address new graduates at the 101st commencement of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Saturday, May 11. Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center, located at 532 N. Waldron Rd. 
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Wed, 05/01/2019
On a beautiful spring day, dedicated students at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith took a break from studying for exams to get their hands dirty and create a sanctuary for the bees and butterflies of Fort Smith. 
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Sat, 04/27/2019
Five University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members were honored for their services to the institution during the 12th Annual Faculty Appreciation Day, which took place April 12 on campus.
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Fri, 04/26/2019

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