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Thompson named Miss UAFS 2019
In a competition that awarded nearly $23,000 in scholarships and prizes among its 12 candidates, Allison Thompson claimed the crown of Miss UAFS 2019, during the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith’s scholarship competition March 16.
UAFS and Fort Smith Symphony Launch Unexpected Collaboration
Students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, had the opportunity to learn from a classically-trained and internationally-known artist, thanks to a partnership between UAFS, the Fort Smith Symphony and 64.6 Downtown. 
UAFS To Host African Night April 5
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its annual cultural event, African Night, at 6 p.m., Friday, April 5 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.
UAFS Professors Collect Supplies for Area Elementary School Children
A group of faculty members from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, took charge in an effort to provide assistance to young learners through donations to meet some of their basic needs. 
Scottish band Skerryvore to Perform March 28
The award-winning Scottish band Skerryvore will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. March 28 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season at the Blue Lion.
“Currents” by Mayumana to be Performed March 31
“Currents” by Mayumana will electrify audiences during their performance at 7:30 p.m. March 31 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 S. 7th St.
UAFS Student Earns Prestigious Doctoral Academy Fellowship
Peter Phan, a 22-year-old senior at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has been awarded the Doctoral Academy Fellowship at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Phan, originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, will join Dr. T.K.S. Kumar, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to conduct a joint project on snake venom proteins. The fellowship also includes a stipend of $12,000 per year for four years as well as a graduate assistantship.
UAFS Scholars Publish Textbook Chapter on STEM Inclusion
research team at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has published a textbook chapter focusing on ways to increase and enhance diversity in STEM fields.  The chapter, titled "Transforming STEM Departments for Inclusion: Creative Innovation, Challenges, Adaptation, and Sustainability at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith," can be found in the textbook: Broadening Participation in STEM: Effective Methods, Practices, and Programs. 
Local High School International Students Visit UAFS
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith hosted an International Students’ Open House last month, inviting exchange students from regional high schools to visit the UAFS campus and engage with the university’s international relations department and international students.
Miss UAFS Prince and Princess Program to Host 29 Children
Twenty-nine local children will participate in the Miss UAFS Scholarship Competition March 16 through the Princess/Prince Program, a non-competitive program allowing children ages 5-10 to take part in the festivities.

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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
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has received nearly $2 million in grants from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education for the continuation of the university’s Regional Workforce Grant programs, hailed as “the statewide model for public-private partnerships.”
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Mon, 07/09/2018
The University of Arkansas Fort Smith will host its summer blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 17 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.
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Fri, 07/06/2018
For the second straight year, the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is the most affordable university in Arkansas.
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Tue, 07/03/2018
Just as University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Amanda Key of Fort Smith is pursuing her dream of bettering the environment by attending UAFS, she is also trying to help children chase their dreams.  Key recently published a children’s book called “Special Delivery – Future Message for ALL KIDS,” a book that inspires children to pursue their aspirations. Written as a rhyme book from the future, the book details the different kinds of kids needed to help the future world, as well as a list of important tips and reminders that will help children as they grow. Key has published two different editions of the book – a full- color version and a coloring book version. 
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Wed, 06/27/2018
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for spring 2018 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
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Mon, 06/25/2018
A summit to discuss opioid abuse in the Fort Smith community will be held from 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. June 20 at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith that will include Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, state representatives, and representatives from local agencies.
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Mon, 06/11/2018
The third time was the charm for Cody Johnston. The Fort Smith native and University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumnus competed for a third time on the popular television show “American Ninja Warrior,” a competition in which contestants attempt to navigate an obstacle course quicker than their opponents. For the first time, his run made the cut to be televised on the show, which aired June 6.
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Thu, 06/07/2018
Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host an NEA Big Read in Fort Smith this year, a community reading program with activities centered around a select book that includes a visit from the author.
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Wed, 06/06/2018
While Brooke Arnold of Hackett only had two classes left to graduate from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith after this spring semester, she began looking for a way to earn those credits without having to complete another 16-week semester as a working mother. Thanks to a change in Pell Grants this year that allow students additional grant monies for summer courses, she won’t have to.
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Wed, 05/30/2018
Local children will have a slate of 15 summer camps to choose from throughout the season, with topics ranging from music to engineering to athletics.
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Tue, 05/22/2018
Thanks to a collaboration between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM), UAFS students had the opportunity to conduct hands-on research projects that could also lead to new treatments of neurodegenerative diseases and cancers.
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Thu, 05/17/2018
The Center for Business and Professional Development at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a four-day test preparation course for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Part 107 test to become a commercial operator of unmanned aerial aircraft, more commonly known as drones.
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Wed, 05/16/2018
While hundreds of University of Arkansas – Fort Smith graduates were recognized at commencement May 12, one UAFS graduate was also honored May 11 for his commissioning as a second lieutenant into the Arkansas Army National Guard.
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Mon, 05/14/2018
Jordan Hale, director of government and community relations at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and a UAFS alumnus, was recently recognized for his work by being named to the Fast 15, an annual list of top professionals in their twenties published by the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.
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Mon, 05/14/2018
“There are between 600-800 students who will receive their degrees from this wonderful institution this spring,” said Dr. Don Bobbitt, president of the University of Arkansas System, during his address to UAFS graduates. “But to me, it’s 800 success stories.” Those stories saw their end – and the beginning of countless new success stories – at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith’s commencement ceremonies held in the Stubblefield Center May 12.
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Sun, 05/13/2018
Robot dogs, solar-powered submarines, and drone races. University of Arkansas - Fort Smith representatives witnessed this cutting-edge unmanned technology and more during the annual Association of Unmanned Vehicles International (AUVSI) Xponential conference last week in Denver, where they connected with industry partners to strengthen their recently-approved associate degree in unmanned technology.
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Fri, 05/11/2018
Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community, from students to alumni to registered student organizations, were recognized for their contributions to the university this school year during the 15th annual NUMAS Awards ceremony held May 4 in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
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Wed, 05/09/2018
Top students from 42 academic programs at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith were given accolades for their work when they received Academic Excellence Awards from the university.
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Mon, 05/07/2018

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