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UAFS Students Fulfill Service Projects for “Alternative” Spring Break
While some students spent their spring break tanning at the beach or relaxing at home, seven University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students opted to spend their time off from school conducting community service projects in New Orleans as part of an “Alternative Spring Break” program at the university.
UAFS Season of Entertainment to Host “Cinderella” April 23
The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Cinderella,” written by the legendary musical duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, will come to Fort Smith for a performance at 7:30 p.m. April 23 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 37.
Blood Drive at UAFS to be Held April 10-11
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 10-11 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with donors receiving a free T-shirt and health screening.
Hard Work, Faculty Support Leads UAFS Graduate to Medical School
The path to becoming a doctor has not been easy for Jesse Pacheco. A first-generation college student, Pacheco juggled the obligations of school, work and family and faced considerable challenges while doing it. But now, with the end of medical school in sight, Pacheco can reflect on a decade of hard work and guidance from UAFS faculty who helped him along the way.
UAFS to Host Forums for Senate, Judge and Mayoral Candidates
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host three public forums in April and May for candidates in three local political races: the Republican candidates for the District 8 senate seat, the Democratic candidates for Sebastian County Judge, and the candidates for Mayor of Fort Smith.
UAFS Jazz Concert Slated for April 17
The Jazz Catz and Jazz Band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will treat music lovers to a concert of 100 years of music at 7:30 p.m. April 17 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
“20X20” Posters Exhibit on Display at UAFS
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.
Symphonic Band to Perform Concert April 4
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.
UAFS to Host African Night April 6
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its annual cultural event, African Night, at 6 p.m. April 6 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.  
UAFS Fall & Summer II 2017 Graduates Listed
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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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
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has hired a new director to oversee its Boreham Library. Anne Liebst, formerly the discovery and access coordinator for the Ottenheimer Library at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has been named the new director of library services at UAFS. Her start date was March 13.
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Tue, 03/21/2017
A partnership between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and a local trucking company was recently recognized when USA Truck awarded the Commercial Driving School at UAFS as its 2016 CDL School of the Year.
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Mon, 03/20/2017
The African Students Association at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its fifth annual African Night at 6 p.m. April 7 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
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Mon, 03/20/2017
Even before Kayley Corley had chosen to attend the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, it felt like home to her.
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Fri, 03/17/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host the Southern Literary Festival from March 30 – April 1 on campus, an event offering workshops, readings, and master classes in a wide variety of genres to undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the region, in addition to readings from nationally-acclaimed authors that are open to the public.
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Fri, 03/17/2017
In a night that featured a surprise marriage proposal and appearances by Miss America and Miss Arkansas, it was Logan Moore of Van Buren who stole the show by being crowned Miss UAFS 2017.
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Sat, 03/11/2017
Students in jazz groups at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will showcase their talents at a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20 held in downtown Fort Smith as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Fri, 03/10/2017
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 36.
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Fri, 03/10/2017
It was 1975, and Lap Bui was crammed beside his family in a fishing boat drifting in the South China Sea several miles off the coast of Vietnam. Bui’s family of eight had loaded into the boat in an effort to escape the turmoil of the Vietnam War, and was near starvation after floating aimlessly for two weeks before being rescued by an American ship. Now, 42 years later and having found a better life in America, Bui was recognized for his accomplishments as a successful businessman, involved Fort Smith community member, and loving father and husband when he received the Diligence to Victory Award by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Alumni Association as part of the university’s homecoming festivities, an award recognizing notable UAFS alumni.
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Mon, 03/06/2017
14 years ago, Jeremy May was working as a waiter at a local restaurant without direction in his life, when he decided he wanted to better himself by attending the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. That decision paid dividends for May. In addition to graduating from UAFS, securing employment from ArcBest Corp., and flourishing as a local entrepreneur and community member, May was recently recognized by receiving the UAFS Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award, given for the first time this year as part of the university’s homecoming celebrations.
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Mon, 03/06/2017
A curator with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will come to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith for a lecture at 5 p.m. April 4 in the theatre of Windgate Art & Design, with a reception following at 6 p.m.
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Fri, 03/03/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has an annual economic impact of more than $300 million on the greater Fort Smith region, according to an economic impact report released by the university based on 2016 fiscal data.
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Fri, 03/03/2017
Dr. Paul B. Beran, chancellor of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, unveiled the university’s five-year strategic plan at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Breakfast March 3, setting the direction of the university to further serve the needs of the greater Fort Smith region from 2017-2022.
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Fri, 03/03/2017
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student was found deceased March 1 in the Sebastian Commons apartments on campus. No foul play is suspected, and the student’s name is being withheld to ensure immediate family have been notified.
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Wed, 03/01/2017
Eight University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students were crowned to the university’s Homecoming Court, but it was Nina Echelle and Brent Goff, both of Stigler, Okla., who won Homecoming King and Queen.
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Tue, 02/28/2017
When AnnMarie McCollum toured the University of Arkansas Fort Smith as a Mulberry High School student, she came to several realizations. After those realizations led her to attend UAFS, she has done more through numerous opportunities for involvement on campus.
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Mon, 02/27/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith honored 46 employees at a bi-annual staff meeting Feb. 22 for their years of service at UAFS, including one employee honored for 40 years of employment with the institution.
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Fri, 02/24/2017
The 13th annual Battle of the Bands will take place at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Breedlove Auditorium, offering local bands an opportunity to play for the community and win prizes.
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Fri, 02/24/2017
Those interested in earning licensure to become a commercial pilot of unmanned aircraft – also known as drones – will have the opportunity next month through a condensed noncredit course at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, the first of what the university plans to be many future course offerings in the unmanned aircraft arena.
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Wed, 02/22/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith employees and students took home 37 awards for excellence in marketing and graphic design during the American Advertising Federation local chapter’s 2017 ADDY Awards held Feb. 19.
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Wed, 02/22/2017
Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community were able to give unique and thoughtful gifts to their valentines this year thanks to students from the university's Applause literary magazine.
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Tue, 02/21/2017
Dr. Kristin Tardif, assistant professor of organizational leadership at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, shared her extensive knowledge in the field of leadership when she served as the keynote speaker for a conference in India earlier this month.
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Tue, 02/21/2017
Eighteen University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students from western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma will compete for the Miss UAFS crown at the university’s annual scholarship pageant, an event highlighted by an appearance from Miss America winner Savvy Shields.
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Mon, 02/20/2017
While 18 contestants will compete for the title of Miss UAFS at the scholarship pageant March 11, 25 children will enjoy the title of royalty when they participate in the Princess/Prince Program during the pageant.
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Mon, 02/20/2017
Research conducted by two University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumni and one student was on display at the Arkansas statehouse during the 2017 STEM Posters at the Capitol event held Feb. 15 in Little Rock.
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Fri, 02/17/2017
A series of lectures by University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members are slated for the spring semester surrounding the book chosen for this year’s ReadThis!, a community read program sponsored by the university.
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Fri, 02/10/2017
A renowned female troupe performing comedic music will travel to Fort Smith for a 7:30 p.m. March 3 concert as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season at The Blue Lion.
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Thu, 02/09/2017
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the list of students receiving degrees and certificates during the fall 2016 semester and the second summer term ending in August.
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Thu, 02/09/2017
“42nd Street,” a musical adaptation of the best-selling novel by Bradford Ropes, will be performed in downtown Fort Smith at 7:30 p.m. March 1 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Wed, 02/08/2017
When tragedy struck Carolyn Holzman last year, she struggled to cope with losing her son, Scott. The pain of his loss remained with her – even today, she struggles to hold back tears when she speaks of him. But she was able to find some peace in his loss through an endowment established in Scott’s name at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith that reflects his best qualities: loyalty, selflessness, and hard work.
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Tue, 02/07/2017
Graduate Brianne Smith wasn’t sure what her topic of research would be for the Honors International Studies Program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith until her husband, then her fiancé, received a phone call her junior year.
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Fri, 02/03/2017

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