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Luis “Wicho” Negrete Becerra and Taely Dedmon Homecoming King and Queen
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.
UAFS To Host Open Meet and Greets with Diversity Equity and Inclusion Candidates
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. 
Halim Awarded Lucille Speakman Legacy Endowment Grant
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.
UAFS Partners with T.E.A.C.H. to Offer Affordable AAS Degree
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. 
Joel Stubblefield Named Honorary Alumni
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.
Slamons Named Young Alumni Award Winner
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.
Larry and Judy Loux Named Dilligence to Victory Award Winners
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.
Putman named Associate Director for Strategic Communications
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.
AirEvac Lifeteam Offers UAFS Students Hands-On Experience
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.
UAFS Rises for the River Valley
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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Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus and regional community will soon have the opportunity to pay tribute and honor fallen soldiers before a replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns.
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Thu, 04/25/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has announced the 18 best research presentations delivered at the 12th Annual Student Research Symposium, which took place April 12 on the UAFS campus.
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Tue, 04/23/2019
Saturday morning University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students rose early to give back to their community through cleaning, organizing, boxing and more at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Fort Smith. The students’ selfless efforts were part of Lions Community Outreach Day, an annual event where students give back to their region.
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Mon, 04/22/2019
This Arbor Day, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a free tree celebration at the bell tower plaza, thanks to a partnership with the Tree Campus USA Committee, and the UAFS Student Veterans Organization, Garden Club, and Green Team.
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Mon, 04/22/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith School of Education’s faculty, students and supporters are celebrating the work of Arkansas teachers as part of the state-wide Educator Commitment Signing Week intitiative. 
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Sun, 04/14/2019
The 12th Annual Student Research Symposium will take place from 2-4 p.m. Friday, April 12, on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus. Students will present in both oral and poster formats on research projects they have conducted over the school year.
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Tue, 04/09/2019
Renowned Native American artist and UAFS alumnus Jay Benham will present artistic works and discuss the history of Kiowa religious tradition and governmental policies at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Smith Pendergraft Campus Center Room 129AB. 
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Mon, 04/08/2019
Students at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith are utilizing the power of art to promote sustainability and environmental responsibility.
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Thu, 04/04/2019
Thanks to a collaborative partnership between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and Fort Smith Public Schools, UAFS School of Education interns will have an opportunity unlike any other in the state: to participate in an intensive, year-long paid internship. 
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Mon, 04/01/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, through a series of industrial and military partnerships and advanced, cross-discipline training, is offering students access to an unmanned aerial systems degree that is unparalleled in the nation, that will prepare them for careers in one of the nation's top emerging fields. 
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Fri, 03/29/2019
UAFS has been awarded the 2018 Community Impact Leader Award by the United Way of Fort Smith Area. UAFS interim chancellor Dr. Edward Serna and Lauren Serna accepted the award, which celebrates the university’s dedication to community service and the Fort Smith region, at the United Way's Community Impact and Investment Celebration this morning.
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Fri, 03/29/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has launched a college-wide digital learning initiative to support educational innovation for students. Beginning this fall the Lion Launch Pad program will equip all entering freshmen in the College of STEM, including students in the School of Education, with an iPad to enhance their abilities to learn, share and excel academically.
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Tue, 03/26/2019
In a competition that awarded nearly $23,000 in scholarships and prizes among its 12 candidates, Allison Thompson claimed the crown of Miss UAFS 2019, during the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s scholarship competition March 16.
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Sun, 03/17/2019
Students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, had the opportunity to learn from a classically-trained and internationally-known artist, thanks to a partnership between UAFS, the Fort Smith Symphony and 64.6 Downtown. 
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Sat, 03/16/2019
A group of faculty members from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, took charge in an effort to provide assistance to young learners through donations to meet some of their basic needs. 
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Fri, 03/15/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its annual cultural event, African Night, at 6 p.m., Friday, April 5 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.
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Fri, 03/15/2019
The title of Miss UAFS 2019 will be up for grabs this month when 13 University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students participate in the university’s annual scholarship competition, which will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, in the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 S. 7th St.
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Sat, 03/02/2019
Twenty-nine local children will participate in the Miss UAFS Scholarship Competition March 16 through the Princess/Prince Program, a non-competitive program allowing children ages 5-10 to take part in the festivities.
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Sat, 03/02/2019
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith hosted an International Students’ Open House last month, inviting exchange students from regional high schools to visit the UAFS campus and engage with the university’s international relations department and international students.
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Sat, 03/02/2019
research team at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has published a textbook chapter focusing on ways to increase and enhance diversity in STEM fields.  The chapter, titled "Transforming STEM Departments for Inclusion: Creative Innovation, Challenges, Adaptation, and Sustainability at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith," can be found in the textbook: Broadening Participation in STEM: Effective Methods, Practices, and Programs. 
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Sat, 03/02/2019
Peter Phan, a 22-year-old senior at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has been awarded the Doctoral Academy Fellowship at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Phan, originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will join Dr. T.K.S. Kumar, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to conduct a joint project on snake venom proteins. The fellowship also includes a stipend of $12,000 per year for four years as well as a graduate assistantship.
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Sat, 03/02/2019
“Currents” by Mayumana will electrify audiences during their performance at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 S. 7th St.
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Sat, 03/02/2019
The award-winning Scottish band Skerryvore will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 28 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season at the Blue Lion.
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Sat, 03/02/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith honored 39 employees Feb. 27 at the bi-annual all-staff meeting for their years of service at UAFS.
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Thu, 02/28/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has launched a transformational new approach to advising with the creation of the R.O.A.R. First-Year Advising Center. The R.O.A.R. stands for Relationships, intentional Outreach, excellent Advising and the connection to appropriate Resources.
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Wed, 02/27/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UAFS) Gender & Intersectional Feminism (GIF) Committee is hosting a public event on domestic violence awareness and advocacy March 12-13.
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Mon, 02/25/2019
U.S.Senator John Boozman (R-AR) recognized Lt. Col. (retired) Robert M. Horn, a Vietnam War veteran who dedicated a career to serving his country, in ‘Salute to Veterans,’ a series commemorating the military service of Arkansans.
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Mon, 02/25/2019
The Homecoming week festivities at UAFS culminated in the Saturday afternoon crowning of students Naythan Dyke and Mary Beth Andrews as 2018 Homecoming King and Queen.
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Sat, 02/23/2019
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has partnered with Restore Hope and the United Way of Fort Smith Area to launch the 100 Families Initiative, a forward-thinking effort aimed at reducing the effect of Arkansas’s child welfare crisis.
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Tue, 02/19/2019
Bill Hanna, president, CEO and chairman of the board of Hanna Oil and Gas Company, will receive the inaugural Honorary Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Alumni Association.
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Mon, 02/18/2019
Casey Millspaugh, UPS account executive, founder of Fort Smith Popcorn Co., chairman of the Fort Smith Parks Commission and community leader, will receive the third annual Young Alumni Award from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Alumni Association, recognizing his successful career as both an executive and entrepreneur, as well as his service to the university and community.
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Mon, 02/18/2019
James “Jim” Spears, who served as Twelfth Circuit Judge from 1993 until 2016, following a lengthy career in law and a lifetime of community service, will be awarded the 9th Annual Diligence to Victory Award, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Alumni Reunion Dinner. 
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Mon, 02/18/2019
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fight Song, “Fort Smith Pride,” will have its world premiere performance during the halftime show of the UAFS men’s home basketball game at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The men’s and women's teams will be competing against St. Mary’s that day as UAFS celebrates its 2019 Homecoming, “Lions of the Galaxy,” at the Stubblefield Center.
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Thu, 02/14/2019
This Valentine’s Day the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, along with the United Way of the Fort Smith Area and the Crisis Intervention Center, will host its fourth annual Rising in the River Valley. The event is a local commitment to One Billion Rising’s global action to end sexual assault and domestic violence. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, and will be held on Kinkead Ave., on the UAFS campus. A program will start at noon and a hot dog lunch will be provided.
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Wed, 02/13/2019
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has earned the distinction of being a 2018 Tree Campus USA®, as awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
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Tue, 02/12/2019
In honor of Black History Month, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Black Student Association kicked off a slate events Friday, Feb. 8, at the Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown. The kickoff celebration featured talks by area leaders and artistic performances, all relating to the African American experience in Fort Smith.
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Sat, 02/09/2019

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