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Gosack Estate Gifts $250,000 to UAFS, $500,000 to U of A
The legacy of a former Fort Smith city administrator who died unexpectedly last year was celebrated at an event June 7 that presented estate gifts to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville totaling $750,000.
Moore Preparing for Miss Arkansas
From mock interviews to flute lessons to regularly exercising, Miss UAFS 2017 Logan Moore of Van Buren has had a busy few months of preparation for the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant to be held June 13-17.
Young Helps Students Overcome Challenges as ADA Coordinator
Roger Young of Van Buren has worked plenty of jobs in his more than four decades of work – from a career in the armed forces to counseling – but he has found the “enjoyment of his life” in his current role as American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
UAFS Places in Top 10 in Up to Us
For the third straight year, a team of University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students earned national recognition by competing against top schools from across the nation to raise awareness about the national debt.
Underwood to Leave UAFS for Alumni Role, Hale to Assume Duties
Dr. Elizabeth Underwood, formerly the associate vice chancellor for government and university relations at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, will be returning to her alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, to serve as the senior director of alumni relations. Her last day at UAFS is May 25.
UAFS Professor, Graduate Secure $10,000 Grant
When University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graduate Hunter Delarm of Macon, Mo., began working in the Department of External Funding at UAFS to help find grants for the university, he never imagined he would end up receiving a grant that would help him in his studies.
UAFS Professor to Travel to Spain through Lucille Speakman Endowment
Thanks to a $2,500 grant through an endowment from the UAFS Foundation honoring Lucille Speakman, one University of Arkansas – Fort Smith professor will travel to Spain to study religious artwork and gain knowledge that will benefit both her and her students.
Graduates Receive First Master’s Degrees from UAFS
Two years ago, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission to begin offering its first master’s degree in healthcare administration. Now, two years later, the first graduating class walked across the stage to receive their degrees at the university’s commencement ceremonies held last weekend.
Sixteen Summer Camps Offered through UAFS
Sixteen camps offered this summer through the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will give local children and teenagers the opportunity for fun in the areas of music, science and engineering and athletics.
UAFS Student Designs, 3D Prints Lightsaber
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student was able to fuse his love of science fiction with his talent in three-dimensional design this semester when he conceptualized, designed and 3D-printed the base of a lightsaber as part of his studies at UAFS.

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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
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
“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
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 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
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
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

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