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Spring 2018 Dean’s List Announced
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.
UAFS to Host Opioid Summit June 20
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.
UAFS Alumnus Competes on “American Ninja Warrior”
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.
UAFS Receives $15,000 Big Read Grant from NEA
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.
Summer Pell Available for UAFS Students
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.
Fifteen Summer Camps Offered through UAFS
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.
UAFS, ARCOM Collaborate on Student Research
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.
UAFS to Hold Commercial Drone Course in June
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.
UAFS Graduate Commissioned as Second Lieutenant
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.
Hale Named to Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Fast 15
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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News Archives

A prestigious internship helped UAFS student Hilda Flores realize many things about herself; some of them surprised her.
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Wed, 12/13/2017
The School of Education at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was the first public university in the state to go through the accreditation process of the new accrediting agency, Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
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Wed, 12/13/2017
A slate of community events and educational sessions at the University of Arkansas –Fort Smith comprise the schedule for this year’s celebration of legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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Tue, 12/12/2017
An art exhibit at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will feature pen-and-ink illustrations by a Fort Smith native through Feb. 28, with a reception slated for Jan. 31.
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Mon, 12/11/2017
It was a “year of excellence” for the 36 competing schools at the annual Frontier Trails BEST robotics competition, but Wichita Home School emerged as the winner of both the robot competition and the BEST Award.
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Mon, 12/11/2017
Dr. Elise Riker, assistant professor of business administration at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, wanted her marketing research class to tackle projects that give students hands-on, project-based learning experiences. So when the opportunity came about for her class to research and recommend strategies to improve downtown Van Buren, Riker jumped on the opportunity.
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Fri, 12/08/2017
Mackenzie O’Kelley has seen the impact of cancer firsthand. Many of her relatives have battled with it, some of them passing away. For this reason, the Roland, Okla., native is pursuing her dream of becoming a radiation oncologist at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Thu, 12/07/2017
The most affordable university in the state just got a little more affordable thanks to an initiative by University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students. Tatiana Scharr of Fort Smith and Austin Lloyd of Pearland, Texas, led an effort with the help of the UAFS Lions Bookstore to have the Boreham Library at UAFS offer textbooks of general education courses at the university. Students can reserve the book for an hour at a time and are required to read it at the library.
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Wed, 12/06/2017
Dr. Becky Timmons, director of assessment and accountability at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, was recently recognized for her work supporting single parent students.
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Mon, 12/04/2017
Many offices across the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus are giving back during the holiday season – even the Parking Office.
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Thu, 11/30/2017
When she first encountered the painting The Descent from the Cross by Flemish painter Rogier van der Weyden in college, Mary Shepard was intrigued. In fact, she said, it started her thinking about becoming an art historian. Flash forward: Dr. Mary B. Shepard, having completed her fifth year as the art historian at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, has a chance to fly to Spain for research, thanks to the Lucille Speakman Legacy Endowment. In Madrid, she stops at the Prado National Museum. There she sees in person The Descent from the Cross and realizes she is encountering it for the first time.
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Wed, 11/29/2017
Dr. Maria Markham, director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, will serve as the guest speaker for the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s fall commencement ceremony held at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Stubblefield Center on UAFS campus.
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Tue, 11/21/2017
A chance to gain some real world experience they can parlay into an advantage when they look for jobs makes some extra effort worthwhile for students in the marketing research class at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Mon, 11/20/2017
Fourteen students and two faculty members in the School of Education at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith have been inducted into the Alpha Beta Omega chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education during an initiation ceremony that also recognized senior members of the society. Five members were also presented graduation cords.
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Fri, 11/17/2017
A lieutenant with the Fort Smith Police Department spoke to students in the College of Business at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith about the current challenges of leadership during a talk Nov. 13 on campus.
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Fri, 11/17/2017
A piece of World War I history was planted at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith during a ceremony last week honoring local veterans who perished in the conflict.
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Tue, 11/14/2017
A $30,295 grant from the Blue & You Foundation will help dental hygiene students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith provide preventive dental services to children in low-income families in the Fort Smith area.
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Mon, 11/13/2017
Presleigh Webb’s dream is to move to Nashville to make her name in the country music industry. The media communications major from Benton took a step towards that goal when she began a job with the local country music station KCTS, where she co-hosts a morning show, “DC In the Morning with Lil P.”
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Fri, 11/10/2017
Before this weekend, it was a red brick wall that overlooked the beginnings of a community garden at the Hope Campus, a drab partition that “didn’t have much life to it.” Now, the structure stands as a testament to hope and growth after University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students brightened the wall with a mural, on which the words “GARDEN OF HOPE” spring to life in a medley of oranges and reds while vibrant plant life grows around it.
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Thu, 11/09/2017
The Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce recently held a portion of its “Arkansas’s Workforce” session of Leadership Arkansas at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, a recognition of the university’s statewide innovations in workforce development.
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Tue, 11/07/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 28-29 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, with donors receiving a free T-shirt and health screening.
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Mon, 11/06/2017
Jeremy Gillam, the Speaker of the House in the Arkansas House of Representatives, shared a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process to University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students and discussed his keys for success as a legislator during a talk on the UAFS campus as the inaugural guest for a new speaker series at the university.
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Fri, 11/03/2017
Fort Smith, resident and University of Arkansas - Fort Smith alumna Charolette Tidwell has been selected as one of the 2017 Women of Worth Honorees by L’Oréal Paris for her outstanding work with Antioch for Youth & Family, a nonprofit organization that provides supplemental food assistance to approximately 7,000 people in the community, in addition to youth development services and family assistance through a variety of personal enrichment programs. Tidwell is one of 10 women in the country to receive the prestigious Women of Worth award this year, for her charitable efforts and perseverance in making a difference in the community.
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Thu, 11/02/2017
The Jazz Band and Jazz Catz at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will perform a fall concert of blues, contemporary pop, country and jazz at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, located at 55 S. 7th Street.
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Thu, 11/02/2017
Since grade school, Kedrick Jones had been passionate about technology. But after earning associate degrees in general technology and general studies from Southeast Arkansas College, Jones thought earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science was a distant dream. His job at the time kept him from having the flexibility to continue attending college courses.
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Wed, 11/01/2017
Christian Gerard and Heather Dobbins have a lot in common. As a married couple, they love dancing, traveling, and working in the yard. They love cooking and nearly every type of music. They are also both professors at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith – Gerard an assistant professor of English, Dobbins an adjunct English professor. And not only are they both published poets, they both recently published poetry collections – “Holdfast” by Gerard and “River Mouth” by Dobbins. The two will be reading from their collections at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Fort Smith Public Library, located at 3201 Rogers Ave.
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Wed, 11/01/2017
Martina McBride, the best-selling and Grammy Award-nominated country music artist, will ring in the holidays in Fort Smith with a 7:30 p.m. concert Nov. 26 as part of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Tue, 10/31/2017
A lighting ceremony and a holiday concert will kick off holiday celebrations at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
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Mon, 10/30/2017
When most Arkansans think of international travel, they imagine a plane flight overseas. But for University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students taking Maymester courses this summer, an international trip took the form of a bus ride to Canada as part of literature and history courses at the university. Maymester courses are condensed courses at locations across the country and the world held each May. Registration is currently open for 2018 courses.
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Fri, 10/27/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student Jennifer Hosley had never applied for a scholarship before, but the first time was a charm for the Greenwood native after she applied for and received a nationally competitive scholarship for student veterans.
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Fri, 10/27/2017
Local and world-renowned talent will come together to perform a concert of Latin American music at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the theater of Windgate Art & Design, located at 535 N. Waldron Road.
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Thu, 10/19/2017
The inaugural Lollapalooza on the Green drew more than 2,000 people to enjoy the day of art and sunshine at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith.
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Thu, 10/19/2017
A symposium providing professional development for local Spanish teachers will be held on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4 in theater of Windgate Art & Design, located at 535 N. Waldron Road, with a concert also scheduled to close the event.
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Wed, 10/18/2017
One of the best-kept secrets on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus helps university students each week dress for success.
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Tue, 10/17/2017
A fierce competition took place at the River Valley BEST robotics competition this weekend on the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus, but it was Metro Homeschool who continued their run of dominance by placing first in the robot competition and BEST Award categories.
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Tue, 10/17/2017
Thanks to University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students and community members, Fort Smith will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith.
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Mon, 10/16/2017

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