Current Stories

“20X20” Posters Exhibit on Display at UAFS
An exhibition featuring 20 posters from prominent Iranian artists and 20 posters by international graphic designers will be on display at Windgate Art & Design at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith through April 6, with a lecture and workshop by one of the artists slated in late March.
Symphonic Band to Perform Concert April 4
The Symphonic Band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 4 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 37.
UAFS to Host African Night April 6
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its annual cultural event, African Night, at 6 p.m. April 6 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, located at 800 N. 49th Street.  
UAFS Fall & Summer II 2017 Graduates Listed
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has released the list of students receiving degrees and certificates during the fall 2017 semester and the second summer term ending in August.
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.

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A partnership between the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and a local trucking company was recently recognized when USA Truck awarded the Commercial Driving School at UAFS as its 2016 CDL School of the Year.
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Mon, 03/20/2017
The African Students Association at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host its fifth annual African Night at 6 p.m. April 7 in the Reynolds Room of the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center.
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Mon, 03/20/2017
Even before Kayley Corley had chosen to attend the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, it felt like home to her.
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Fri, 03/17/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will host the Southern Literary Festival from March 30 – April 1 on campus, an event offering workshops, readings, and master classes in a wide variety of genres to undergraduate students from colleges and universities across the region, in addition to readings from nationally-acclaimed authors that are open to the public.
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Fri, 03/17/2017
In a night that featured a surprise marriage proposal and appearances by Miss America and Miss Arkansas, it was Logan Moore of Van Buren who stole the show by being crowned Miss UAFS 2017.
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Sat, 03/11/2017
Students in jazz groups at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will showcase their talents at a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20 held in downtown Fort Smith as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Fri, 03/10/2017
The Symphonic Band at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will hold a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 4 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.
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Fri, 03/10/2017
It was 1975, and Lap Bui was crammed beside his family in a fishing boat drifting in the South China Sea several miles off the coast of Vietnam. Bui’s family of eight had loaded into the boat in an effort to escape the turmoil of the Vietnam War, and was near starvation after floating aimlessly for two weeks before being rescued by an American ship. Now, 42 years later and having found a better life in America, Bui was recognized for his accomplishments as a successful businessman, involved Fort Smith community member, and loving father and husband when he received the Diligence to Victory Award by the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith’s Alumni Association as part of the university’s homecoming festivities, an award recognizing notable UAFS alumni.
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Mon, 03/06/2017
14 years ago, Jeremy May was working as a waiter at a local restaurant without direction in his life, when he decided he wanted to better himself by attending the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. That decision paid dividends for May. In addition to graduating from UAFS, securing employment from ArcBest Corp., and flourishing as a local entrepreneur and community member, May was recently recognized by receiving the UAFS Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Award, given for the first time this year as part of the university’s homecoming celebrations.
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Mon, 03/06/2017
Dr. Paul B. Beran, chancellor of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, unveiled the university’s five-year strategic plan at the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce’s First Friday Breakfast March 3, setting the direction of the university to further serve the needs of the greater Fort Smith region from 2017-2022.
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Fri, 03/03/2017
A curator with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City will come to the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith for a lecture at 5 p.m. April 4 in the theatre of Windgate Art & Design, with a reception following at 6 p.m.
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Fri, 03/03/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith has an annual economic impact of more than $300 million on the greater Fort Smith region, according to an economic impact report released by the university based on 2016 fiscal data.
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Fri, 03/03/2017
A University of Arkansas – Fort Smith student was found deceased March 1 in the Sebastian Commons apartments on campus. No foul play is suspected, and the student’s name is being withheld to ensure immediate family have been notified.
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Wed, 03/01/2017
Eight University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students were crowned to the university’s Homecoming Court, but it was Nina Echelle and Brent Goff, both of Stigler, Okla., who won Homecoming King and Queen.
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Tue, 02/28/2017
When AnnMarie McCollum toured the University of Arkansas Fort Smith as a Mulberry High School student, she came to several realizations. After those realizations led her to attend UAFS, she has done more through numerous opportunities for involvement on campus.
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Mon, 02/27/2017
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith honored 46 employees at a bi-annual staff meeting Feb. 22 for their years of service at UAFS, including one employee honored for 40 years of employment with the institution.
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Fri, 02/24/2017
The 13th annual Battle of the Bands will take place at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith at 7 p.m. March 2 in the Breedlove Auditorium, offering local bands an opportunity to play for the community and win prizes.
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Fri, 02/24/2017
Those interested in earning licensure to become a commercial pilot of unmanned aircraft – also known as drones – will have the opportunity next month through a condensed noncredit course at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, the first of what the university plans to be many future course offerings in the unmanned aircraft arena.
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Wed, 02/22/2017
University of Arkansas – Fort Smith employees and students took home 37 awards for excellence in marketing and graphic design during the American Advertising Federation local chapter’s 2017 ADDY Awards held Feb. 19.
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Wed, 02/22/2017
Members of the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith campus community were able to give unique and thoughtful gifts to their valentines this year thanks to students from the university's Applause literary magazine.
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Tue, 02/21/2017
Dr. Kristin Tardif, assistant professor of organizational leadership at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, shared her extensive knowledge in the field of leadership when she served as the keynote speaker for a conference in India earlier this month.
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Tue, 02/21/2017
Eighteen University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students from western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma will compete for the Miss UAFS crown at the university’s annual scholarship pageant, an event highlighted by an appearance from Miss America winner Savvy Shields.
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Mon, 02/20/2017
While 18 contestants will compete for the title of Miss UAFS at the scholarship pageant March 11, 25 children will enjoy the title of royalty when they participate in the Princess/Prince Program during the pageant.
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Mon, 02/20/2017
Research conducted by two University of Arkansas – Fort Smith alumni and one student was on display at the Arkansas statehouse during the 2017 STEM Posters at the Capitol event held Feb. 15 in Little Rock.
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Fri, 02/17/2017
A series of lectures by University of Arkansas – Fort Smith faculty members are slated for the spring semester surrounding the book chosen for this year’s ReadThis!, a community read program sponsored by the university.
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Fri, 02/10/2017
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
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
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
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

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