Guest speaker for the Aug. 19 New Student Convocation at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will be KFSM-TV news anchor Daren Bobb of Fort Smith, who has two children with UAFS connections.
Allison Bobb, 24, graduated from UAFS in summer 2011 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in radiography. Jacob Bobb, 21, is a current student at UAFS and is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree.
The 3 p.m. event will be held in Stubblefield Center and is for all first-time entering students and transfer students, as well as their immediate families.
Bobb has been a fixture in local media in Western Arkansas for almost 26 years. He is originally from Jacksonville, Ill., and graduated from the College of Broadcast Journalism at Lewis and Clark College in Godfrey, Ill., before moving to Fort Smith in 1984 to work in the news department at radio station KTCS.
He first joined the KFSM news team in 1990, working behind the scenes as executive producer and newsroom manager. He remained with the station until 2000. In 1998, he also began working part time for Clear Channel Radio, and he became the full-time, on-air host on Newstalk 1650 KWHN in 2002.
Bobb began his second tour of duty at KFSM in October 2006 and is evening co-anchor alongside Ashley Ketz.
Bobb and wife Christine are active members of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith, and Daren serves as president of the church's Men's Club. He also sits on the board of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross and serves as president of the board of the Community Services Clearinghouse.
The formal academic ceremony, which is designed to officially welcome the Class of 2016, will also include addresses from current students, alumni, faculty and administrators. Faculty and administrators will be dressed in academic regalia. This will be the third year for UAFS to hold a convocation.
Convocation check-in for UAFS students is between 1:45 and 2:45 p.m. at the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, according to Penny Pendleton of Fort Smith, dean of enrollment management. A procession of students -- by academic college -- will begin there and move to Stubblefield.
Pendleton also suggested that guests should arrival early for the event.
“Parents, families and friends are encouraged to arrive at the Stubblefield Center by 2:30 p.m.,” said Pendleton. “Afterward, we will follow the New Student Convocation with a pizza and ice cream social in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.”
Students are asked to RSVP by calling Donna Scott at 479-788-7160 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.