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Womack Speaks to Business Students on Budgeting
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith business students in the Beta Alpha Psi honors society were able to hear about the federal government’s budgeting and appropriations process from U.S. Rep. Steve Womack during a talk on campus earlier this month.
UAFS Student Wins Big on ‘Price is Right’
Garrett Rogers of Clayton, Okla., may have had some good birthdays in his life, but he’s never had won quite like this one. The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student appeared on “The Price is Right” March 8, netting $52,000 in winnings including a car, a pontoon boat, and a trip to a Californian beach.
Student Thrives at UAFS through Campus Involvement
LaTavia Rollinson, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, does it all. Having gone to Northside High School, Rollinson decided to attend UAFS because it was nearby. “It’s close to home, and it would have been cheaper than going to anywhere else,” Rollinson said. “And I had moved out after I graduated high school, so I didn’t want to pick up and leave.” 19-year-old Rollinson works full time as a manager at Taco Bell. She also works at a local daycare, taking care of children between the ages of 8 months and 1 year.
Restore Hope CEO Outlines Recidivism, Foster Care Crises at UAFS Talk
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students were able to hear firsthand of the state’s efforts to reduce criminal recidivism and foster care rates during a talk last week by Paul Chapman, executive director of Restore Hope.
Findlay Wins Mark Horn Staff Appreciation Award at UAFS
Debbie Findlay of Greenwood, advising coordinator in the College of Communications, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences, was the recipient of the 2018 inaugural Staff Appreciation Award in honor of Mark Horn, selected by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Student Government Association.
UAFS Employees Recognized for Years of Service
Thirty-six University of Arkansas Fort Smith employees were honored for their years of service to the university at a bi-annual staff meeting Feb. 28.
Elizabeth Spencer Crowned Miss UAFS 2018
In a competitive pageant that awarded more than $18,000 in scholarships to winners among its 13 contestants, it was Elizabeth Spencer of Fort Smith who took the crown of Miss UAFS 2018 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s scholarship pageant Feb. 24.
UAFS Grad Realizes Passion for Electronics
It was never enough for Jared Dunning to simply know that electronics worked. He had to know how they worked as well.
Battle of the Bands Slated for March 1 at UAFS
The annual Battle of the Bands at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will take place at 6 p.m. March 1 in the Breedlove Auditorium, located at 5120 Grand Ave. on the UAFS campus.
UAFS to Increase Opportunities for Students through On-Site Classes
A UAFS program that educates Fort Smith high school students in robot automation and cyber systems is moving, and next year the courses will be taught on-site at ABB and ArcBest.

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When Jeffrey Taylor and his father Ralph began traveling to barbecue competitions across the southern United States, cooking was nothing more than a hobby. Now, nearly nine years after opening Ralph’s Pink Flamingo BBQ – now a mainstay restaurant in Fort Smith – and mere months after opening a second eatery in the city, the duo’s culinary foray has become a “hobby gone wild.”
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Fri, 02/03/2017
David Harris of Cabot was a sophomore studying international business at a neighboring university when he woke up one morning with a revelation. “I realized that I absolutely hated what I was doing and I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life,” he said. “And I realized I’d rather make less and be happy than make six figures and be miserable.” Instead, Harris decided to study theatre – a field he found much more rewarding – with the hopes of becoming “the next Martin Scorsese.” He enrolled in the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s theatre program in the spring of 2015, where he’s found plenty of opportunities to pursue his dream.
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Fri, 02/03/2017
A team from Fayetteville High School took first place in the National Science Bowl regional competition held Jan. 28 at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
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Wed, 02/01/2017
With the fast-paced and constantly changing world that we live in, it is important for educators to adapt to the needs of their students, even if in unconventional ways. University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graduate Justin Bond of Greenwood took this idea to heart and in turn has created a classroom environment that is positively changing the lives of his students while receiving recognition from Fort Smith Schools.
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Wed, 02/01/2017
A panel discussion featuring UAFS administration and students, as well as prominent community members, will be held at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 in honor of Black History Month.
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Wed, 02/01/2017
Nationally-renowned artist Kay Healy will be displaying her artwork at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith from Feb. 1 – March 29, with a reception slated from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 2.
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Tue, 01/31/2017
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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Thu, 01/26/2017
An exhibit on display in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center on the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus through Feb. 28 features approximately 40 photographs documenting the painting of murals by UAFS students as part of 64.6 Downtown’s The Unexpected.
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Wed, 01/25/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith volleyball coach Jane Sargent was presented a citation by the Arkansas House of Representatives in recognition of her 600th win as coach of the Lady Lions volleyball team.
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Wed, 01/25/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold its Homecoming celebrations from Feb. 20-25 after moving the event – previously held in the fall – to the spring semester.
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Tue, 01/24/2017
One of the oldest written comedies in the world – “and still one of the funniest,” according to a University of Arkansas – Fort Smith official – will be reenacted on the stage of the Breedlove Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23-25 and 27-28.
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Mon, 01/23/2017
A group of accomplished music faculty at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will treat local residents to a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 as part of the university’s Season at The Blue Lion.
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Thu, 01/19/2017
The Student Veterans Organization at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was recently recognized as one of the top student veteran groups in the nation during the Student Veterans of America national conference earlier this month in Anaheim, Calif.
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Wed, 01/18/2017
In front of a capacity crowd gathered on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus, nine high school students discussed a spectrum of issues during “The Trumpet: A Fort Smith Community Forum,” the university’s celebration commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Tue, 01/17/2017
Nine local high school students will serve as panelists for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s annual community breakfast Jan. 16 celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Wed, 01/11/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host screenings of the documentary “Leaving a Legacy” – which chronicles the lives, triumphs, and disappointments of six band students at Northside High School – from Jan. 19-22 on the UAFS campus.
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Tue, 01/10/2017
Holly Hope, special projects historian with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, will serve as the guest speaker for the February Ark-Homa Chapter Meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. The event will be held in the Echols Conference Center on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus.
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Mon, 01/09/2017
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 24-25 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with donors receiving a free T-shirt and a free health screening.
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Thu, 01/05/2017
The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith campus will be closed on Friday, Jan. 6 due to inclement weather. During a campus closure, UAFS employees do not report to work. As a result of the campus closure, the Chamber of Commerce's First Friday breakfast scheduled for tomorrow morning has also been cancelled. 
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Thu, 01/05/2017
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith professor was recently recognized by the Kentucky Historical Society for a scholarly article he authored.
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Wed, 01/04/2017
A revival of a classic Tony-Award winning musical will come to downtown Fort Smith for a show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Tue, 01/03/2017
The Fort Smith community will come together to celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. during a series of events held in mid-January.
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Wed, 12/21/2016
Two University of Arkansas Fort Smith students were honored with a ceremony signaling the end of their participation in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at UAFS and their commissioning as second lieutenants in the Army Reserves.
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Mon, 12/19/2016
Surrounded by a capacity crowd gathered in the Stubblefield Center for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s commencement ceremony Dec. 15, ArcBest CEO Judy McReynolds reflected on her own educational journey as a first-generation college graduate before advising graduates to make the most of the knowledge gained from their college education.
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Fri, 12/16/2016
Pitching ideas to marketing professionals may just be another day at the office for some professionals, but for 29 University of Arkansas Fort Smith students, it was the culmination of a semester-long class project in one of their business courses.
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Thu, 12/15/2016
The monthly meeting of the Ark-Homa Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society and the Oklahoma Anthropological Society will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Latture Conference Center at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Fri, 12/09/2016
Metro Homeschool of Blue Springs, Mo., was the overall winner of the 38-team Frontier Trails BEST regional robotics competition hosted by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
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Fri, 12/09/2016
William Hutson of Cowlington, Okla., received a three-year Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarship totaling $45,900 through the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Reserve Officers' Training Corps program (ROTC).
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Wed, 12/07/2016
An exhibit by an acclaimed local artist will be at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith through Jan. 27. “Nunca Pasa Nada,” an exhibit by Bethany Springer, will be on display in the gallery of Windgate Art & Design, the university’s state-of-the-art visual arts facility located at 535 N. Waldron Road.
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Tue, 12/06/2016
After losing her brother a month before school started, Katalina Hurt of Gentry began to reconsider her decision to attend college at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. But after participating in a unique program in the College of Business, she blossomed into a leader at the university.
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Tue, 12/06/2016
Dumpster diving and traveling to yard sales and auctions may not be the most glamorous way to get through college while raising a daughter, but Angie Meyer did it nonetheless.
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Mon, 12/05/2016
For University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Lydia Bush, Spanish is more than just a language. It allowed her to embrace a new perspective, understand the importance of diversity, and change the world – all of which she is doing during her five-month stay in Temuco, Chile.
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Mon, 12/05/2016
The awards ceremony for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with Dr. Jennifer Thomas serving as the keynote speaker.
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Fri, 12/02/2016
When Trang Ha moved to Fort Smith in 2012, she felt lost and alone. Completely blind and in a foreign country, Ha was surrounded by people speaking a language she didn’t understand. Four years later, Ha has found a home at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith as she enters her second year at the university, where she boasts a 4.0 grand point average thanks to a strong work ethic and a caring campus community.
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Thu, 12/01/2016
David Cooksey, a student veteran at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, faced a challenge when his van broke down, depriving him of transportation to commute to school when he starts classes this spring. Thanks to the Veterans Villages of America, Cooksey’s transportation problem has been solved.
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Thu, 12/01/2016
Thirty-eight teams will compete at the Frontier Trails BEST regional robotics competition held Dec. 2-3 at the Fort Smith Convention Center located at 55 South 7th Street.
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Mon, 11/28/2016

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