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Stone, Anderson Crowned UAFS Homecoming King and Queen
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.
Underwood Learning Leadership as Cub Camp Director at UAFS
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.
UAFS Chorale to Perform Concert Feb. 27
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.
Robertson, UAFS Grow Local Economy through FEC
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.
Twenty-Eight Area Youth to be Princesses/Princes at Miss UAFS
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.
Thirteen Contestants Vie for Miss UAFS Crown Feb. 24
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.
Theatre @ UAFS to Perform “Under Milk Wood” in February
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.
Texas Native Finds Home in Fort Smith
Although she hails from the Lone Star State, Audrey Legg found the home she was looking for at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
Hurst to Receive UAFS Young Alumni Award
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.
Loyd to Receive Diligence to Victory Award Feb. 9
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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More than 40 University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students were recognized for their academic performance when they received Academic Excellence Awards from the university.
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Fri, 05/05/2017
Students attending the Western Arkansas Technical Center at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith have been recognized for superior achievement in a special awards ceremony which included the announcement of Outstanding WATC Students, Director’s Honor Roll, SkillsUSA Gold Star Members and Starfish Awards.
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Fri, 05/05/2017
For two days last weekend, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students assumed the roles of Fort Smith residents “ignored by history” for the annual Tales of the Crypt event held April 29-30 at Oak Cemetery in Fort Smith.
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Wed, 05/03/2017
An exhibit on display through July 31 at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will feature pastel paintings by local artist Judy Howard, with a reception set for early May.
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Wed, 05/03/2017
A stretch of Kinkead Ave. running through the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus will be permanently closed to traffic May 15 in accordance with a decision made by the Fort Smith Board of Directors late last year.
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Wed, 05/03/2017
Eileen Kradel, former vice president of compliance at Washington Regional Medical Center and member of the UAFS Board of Visitors, and Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, will serve as speakers for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 13.
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Tue, 05/02/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s College of Health Sciences will hold pinning ceremonies for its surgical technology, dental hygiene and nursing programs in May.
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Tue, 05/02/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumna Priscilla Tran of Fort Smith decided she wanted to pursue a career in film when, at age 18, she watched “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”
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Mon, 05/01/2017
Beginning this fall, the School of Education at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will offer students the opportunity to earn the pre-kindergarten-level, grades 3-4 endorsement online, making UAFS the first university in the state to offer the endorsement completely online.
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Fri, 04/28/2017
When Shane Hale graduated from Waldron High School, he had more than 20 scholarship offers from schools all over the country. Prestigious universities such as Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Baylor and others had offered him generous scholarships.   Instead, he chose the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. Where other schools barely interacted with him past reaching out to him to let him know he received a scholarship, he said the personal interest UAFS professors took in him influenced his decision to attend.
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Fri, 04/28/2017
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 16 best research presentations delivered at the 10th Annual Student Research Symposium.
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Thu, 04/27/2017
On April 20, girls from area public schools gathered on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus to learn how they can become leaders in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics during a leadership conference hosted by the STEM Education Center at UAFS.
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Tue, 04/25/2017
A tax seminar for certified public accountants and attorneys will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 18 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd Street. The event is sponsored by Eldredge & Clark, LLP, First National Bank, and the UAFS Foundation.
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Mon, 04/24/2017
Two high school students earned prizes and a third earned recognition from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith after they placed in a high school artwork competition at the university.
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Fri, 04/21/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members were recognized for their dedication to the university, to the community, and to teaching during a Faculty Appreciation Ceremony held April 14.
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Thu, 04/20/2017
Three nights of short theatrical productions will grace the stage at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith when the university’s theatre department will perform the One-Act Showcase at 7:30 p.m. April 27-29.
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Thu, 04/20/2017
Nine students in the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s School of Education have been inducted into the Alpha Beta Omega chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society during an initiation ceremony that also recognized senior members in the organization.
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Tue, 04/18/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students will take the stage for a wide selection of musical numbers during “A Grand Night for Singing,” the annual musical event held as the final show of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Tue, 04/18/2017
Students in the Western Arkansas Technical Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith won a total of 18 medals – two of them gold medals – in the 2017 Arkansas SkillsUSA Championships.
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Mon, 04/17/2017
When University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Justin Kazy of Van Buren traveled to the IEEE robotics competition in Denver, Colo., earlier this month, his goal was to place in the top 10. He easily surpassed that goal when he placed fourth at the competition out of 32 competing teams comprised of undergraduates from other universities in the region.
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Mon, 04/17/2017
Radiography students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith showcased their talents last week when they won a slew of awards during the Arkansas Society of Radiologic Technologist Conference held on the UAFS campus.
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Wed, 04/12/2017
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Tue, 04/11/2017
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s theatre program continued its stellar run at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival this year, notching four awards at the state and one at the regional level.
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Tue, 04/11/2017
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Tue, 04/11/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Kayley Corley of Booneville will have the opportunity to spend a summer in Washington, D.C. as part of a prestigious fellowship through the office of Congressman Steve Womack.
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Mon, 04/10/2017
Thirty artworks by students from area high schools are currently on display at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith through April 28 as part of a high school art competition, with winners announced at a reception from 5-6 p.m. April 19.
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Fri, 03/31/2017
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumnus and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Georgia will serve as the guest speaker for the university’s Student Research Symposium to be held from 1-4:30 p.m. April 14 on the UAFS campus.
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Wed, 03/29/2017
A blood drive will be held at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5-6 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, giving the campus community and local residents the chance to save a life just like a UAFS student recently did.
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Tue, 03/28/2017
Earlier this month, representatives from local and statewide organizations gathered on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus to study a technology that is poised for exponential growth in the next five years.
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Tue, 03/28/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Talia Blanton chose to attend UAFS because of the numerous opportunities in the university’s graphic design program, but Blanton hadn’t expected one of those opportunities would include designing a logo for a regional athletic conference.
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Mon, 03/27/2017
An eclectic mix of Spanish prose, poetry and photography is featured in this year’s Azahares, the annual literary magazine published by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith that is now available.
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Thu, 03/23/2017
An iconic landmark at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is receiving a facelift that began earlier this week as part of yearlong restoration efforts to the structure.
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Thu, 03/23/2017
An exhibition featuring “un” still-life paintings will be on display from April 3-May 31 at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, with a reception slated for April 6.  
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Wed, 03/22/2017
When Skyler Webster of Poteau, Okla., applied for the prestigious Chancellor’s Leadership Council Scholarship at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, she didn’t think she would receive the scholarship. Since she suffered from test anxiety, her ACT score was below the recommended score to receive the scholarship. But the CLC scholarship took more into consideration than just test scores. After two rounds of interviews with Dr. Paul B. Beran, UAFS chancellor, and other administrators, Webster was chosen to receive the scholarship, which has led to a wealth of involvement opportunities for Webster at UAFS.
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Wed, 03/22/2017
Dr. Emily Beahm, the station archeologist at the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Research Station, will present on a garden initiative the WRI is currently undertaking at a presentation at 7 p.m. April 20 as part of the monthly Ark-Homa chapter meeting held at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
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Tue, 03/21/2017

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