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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. 
UAFS and PRADCO to Partner on Fishing Workshop
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Center for Business and Professional Development (CBPD) and PRADCO Outdoor Brands will host an eight-hour fishing course on how to catch America’s favorite pan fish Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Windgate Theater, located at 5210 Kinkead Ave.
MLK Panel Empowers Community Toward Courage, Purpose
Leaders in the Fort Smith community gathered together Monday, Jan. 20, to honor the legacy and mission of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and Martin Luther King Jr., Community Association’s annual breakfast and panel discussion
Fall 2019 Dean's List Announced
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the fall 2019 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
UAFS and Food Bank to Collect Peanut Butter during MLK Week.
In partnership with the River Valley Regional Food Bank, the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host its second annual peanut butter donation drive in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Junior Week celebrations. 
Darbeau Appointed Lock Haven University Provost
Dr. Ron Darbeau, dean of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and interim dean of the College of Health Sciences will step down at the end of the 2020 academic year to serve as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. 
UAFS to Host National Science Foundation Grant Workshop
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will partner with the Arkansas INBRE Program to bring the National Science Foundation Grant-Writing Workshop to Fort Smith Tuesday, Jan. 14,  welcoming researchers from across the state to learn from some of the NSF’s leading experts.
Dooly graduates with career, Arkansas teachers Corps fellowship in place
UAFS student Meagan Dooly, walked across the commencement stage this December, a full semester early, with a bachelor’s degree, a career plan, and a fellowship awaiting her in the new year. Caring faculty who both supported Dooly, and empowered her to seek her true calling, helped her find her place as an educator herself.
Pate Carves Own Path
The career path of Remington Pate suggests two truths for job hunting in the 21st century: 1. Be willing to switch positions if the offer is right; and 2. Keep your LinkedIn profile current. Pate, a December 2016 graduate, has some solid experience changing jobs in the last three years.

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The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has scheduled two more town halls in November for UAFS students and local residents to learn more about public service.
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Wed, 10/31/2018
The TEN Tenors, one of Australia’s most famous musical groups, will generate “pure electricity and undeniable drama” during their performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 S. 7th St.
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Tue, 10/30/2018
A night of live music, history and skits featuring University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty and alumni will take place at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, at the King Opera House in Van Buren, located at 427 Main St., with proceeds being donated to local historical institutions.
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Mon, 10/29/2018
Two University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members helped raise money for a good cause recently when they rappelled off the Arvest Bank Tower on Rogers Avenue for a “Toss the Prof” fundraiser.
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Mon, 10/29/2018
An acoustic ensemble of award-winning musicians will perform a concert of various musical styles at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season at the Blue Lion.
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Mon, 10/15/2018
Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, former president of Costa Rica, will speak at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Nov. 3 as part of the university’s Spanish Teacher Symposium. 
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Thu, 10/11/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith combined choirs and Symphonic Band will perform the acclaimed masterwork “Carmina Burana” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, located at 55 S. 7th Street.
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Tue, 10/09/2018
A talent show, chili cook-off, volleyball game and Halloween event comprise the events for this year’s Family Weekend at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, held Oct. 26-27.
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Thu, 10/04/2018
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Hayla May of Greenwood didn’t realize she wanted to be a medievalist until she stood in front of the Chartres Cathedral in Paris. She had studied the structure throughout the spring 2018 semester as part of an Arts in Paris course, but her research did not do it justice.
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Wed, 10/03/2018
Bob Stevenson is no stranger to the devising of nationally-recognized original theatre at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, but creating his upcoming show was like “learning to walk again.”
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Tue, 10/02/2018
Two years ago, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Lynette Thrower wrote her first short story that she thought was good enough to be published, uncovering a passion for writing she didn’t know she had. This fall, after four years of study in the university’s English program, she’s received a prestigious grant from Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation. The opportunity will help her unlock the passion for writing in others while also telling stories of underserved populations in the area.
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Fri, 09/28/2018
Tammy Spencer of Poteau, Okla., assistant director of procurement and contracts, and Danielle Jolie of Fort Smith, director of academic services and academic coordinator in the College of Applied Science and Technology, were honored as outstanding employees during the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s annual staff meeting Sept. 26.
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Fri, 09/28/2018
Myles Friedman might have been a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but his heart always stayed in Fort Smith, the city where he grew up and began his college career. Now, Friedman’s legacy will stay in Fort Smith as well. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith announced on Sept. 25 a $10.8 million estate gift to the university from the late engineer and former Westark Community College faculty member, the third-largest gift in the university’s history and the largest gift given to UAFS by an individual.
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Tue, 09/25/2018
Candidates for city, county, and state elective offices will be able to share their respective visions for a better Arkansas during five town halls slated next month at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Mon, 09/24/2018
First National Bank of Fort Smith and the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s College of Business will team up to help educate students about the federal budget and national debt by hosting an interactive workshop from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
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Fri, 09/21/2018
Adjusting to college life can be hard. The 22 resident assistants named for the upcoming year at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith plan to make it easier.  
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Fri, 09/14/2018
Edward Serna wants to redefine the role of interim chancellor. “People think of interims as stopgaps,” said Serna, who assumed the role of interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Sept. 1. “We don’t want this to be thought of as a stopgap year or a transition period. Fort Smith and our students deserve more. This community wants action and innovation, and we’re going to give them both this year.”
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Thu, 09/13/2018
Harold Larue of Fort Smith learned important lessons at each step of his college career at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, and he has the degrees and certificates to show for it.
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Mon, 09/10/2018
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the list of students receiving degrees and certificates during the spring 2018 semester and the first summer term ending in July.
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Mon, 09/10/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold its annual Majors Expo from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, offering students an opportunity to choose from the university’s more than 60 baccalaureate degree offerings.
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Fri, 09/07/2018
The Tejas Brothers, an acclaimed musical quartet from Texas known for their blend of "Tex-Mex Honky Tonk", will return to Fort Smith for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith's Season at The Blue Lion.
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Wed, 09/05/2018
S.W. “Bud” Jackson and his wife Paula left a powerful legacy for their children through the behaviors they modeled. They left another legacy for the students of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith through their lives of generous giving.
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Wed, 09/05/2018
Beginning next fall, incoming freshmen at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will have the opportunity to lock in their tuition rate for up to four years at the most affordable university in the state.
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Tue, 09/04/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at The Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, located at 101 N. 2nd Street.
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Fri, 08/31/2018
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students returning to campus for fall classes may have noticed a surprising addition to the east side of campus.
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Tue, 08/28/2018
From briefings on the newly-announced space force to a meeting with members of the proposed Iranian Congress, it was an exciting and eye-opening summer for Luke Barber to spend in the nation’s capital.
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Mon, 08/27/2018
Had Amanda Norris not gotten her oil changed that day in the summer of 2014, the conversation and its ensuing revelations that led to her attending the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith might never have happened.
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Wed, 08/22/2018
Fort Smith Brewing Company looks to Fort Smith’s future while celebrating its past. Located in a World War II-era warehouse in Chaffee Crossing in anticipation of further area growth, the company works with small businesses to spur growth in the city, guided by a 100-year plan that seeks to return brewing to its small-town roots. The company names its beers after historical figures and occurrences in Fort Smith, and it prizes and relies on the blue-collar work ethic that has defined this community for two centuries.
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Mon, 08/20/2018
University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced the appointment of Edward Serna, Ed.D., as interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS).
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Thu, 08/16/2018
It would not have surprised anyone to learn that Rosemary and Gene Rapley passed away within six weeks of each other; after 65 years of marriage, even when their infirmities separated them, the two were one.
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Mon, 08/06/2018
Dr. Paul B. Beran, chancellor of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, will leave the university to assume the role of executive director and chief executive officer of the South Dakota Higher Education Board of Regents. His last day at UAFS is Aug. 31.
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Fri, 07/27/2018
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students will move into campus housing 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17, and 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 18, with help from the UAFS campus community.
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Wed, 07/18/2018
Stephanie Long’s father, an avid Rolling Stones fan, gave each of his children a song from the legendary band to describe them. For his daughter, he chose “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Long begs to differ. At age 21, Long is a budding entrepreneur, director of operations for a regional frozen custard chain in Northwest Arkansas, and full-time student at UAFS.
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Wed, 07/18/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host two town halls this summer – one at 6 p.m. July 31 for candidates in the Fort Smith board of directors race, and a second at noon Aug. 2 for Fort Smith mayoral candidates.
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Tue, 07/17/2018
For Can Tran, welding is more than simply joining two pieces of metal – it’s an art form. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graduate and Fort Smith resident found a unique platform for his art when he returned to school in 2015 to pursue an associate degree in welding. When Tran welded together a picture frame for a class project, he took it a step further.
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Mon, 07/16/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the schedules of touring shows and musical performances for Season of Entertainment 38 and the sixth annual Season at The Blue Lion.
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Thu, 07/12/2018

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