Thanks to 501 Life Magazine for a great story on UCA alumna Amber Lea, who has had major success with her design company, Amber E Lea Designs, which offers jewelry, ceramics. and sculptures. Recently, Lea has gained the attention from a representative from Ann Taylor, Inc., which led to a great opportunity for Lea to sell her jewelry to Ann Taylor. Now, Lea is making custom pieces for Ann Taylor’s store, Lou & Grey.
The University of Central Arkansas community came together to give back during The Big Event on Saturday, March 11.
The Big Event is an annual event that brings UCA and Conway together through philanthropy and service.
UCA students, staff, faculty, and alumni united for one day of service to say “Thank You!” to the Conway community for all of the support they lend to our campus.
Each year, UCA students organize The Big Event where students, faculty and staff come together to give back to the Conway community through volunteer service. This event, which takes place each spring semester, is an opportunity for students to serve the community that supports them year round.
The Big Event began at Texas A&M University in 1982 and has spread to colleges and universities throughout the nation. Now in its fourth year at UCA, the Big Event has grown every year and attracted more than 600 student volunteers in 2016.
Organizations and residents of Conway are invited to submit a job request. Volunteers are available for indoor and outdoor tasks ranging from raking leaves, spreading mulch, painting and minor repairs, to organizing donated goods, participating in games and activities with senior citizens or completing other proposed projects.
Way to go, UCA Bears!
The 42nd annual Miss Essence Scholarship Pageant was held on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Reynolds Performance Hall.
Since the pageant began in 1975, Students for the Propagation of Black Culture (SPBC) has spearheaded the event. SPBC raises money through several fundraisers throughout the year to fund the pageant. Scholarship money is then awarded to the top three contestants.
The theme of this year’s pageant was “When the Clock Strikes 12” and featured many Cinderella elements. The contestants competed in swimwear, talent, and evening wear, and answered an on-stage question.
The winner of this year’s pageant was Jordan Sanders. Congratulations Jordan!
Every year, each Arkansas TRiO program has the opportunity to select one student for inclusion in the Arkansas TRiO Hall of Fame. TRiO programs provide educational opportunities for first-generation, low-income or students with disabilities.
Although individual programs may establish their own criteria to determine their program’s selection, students chosen each embody the spirit of TRiO!
This year, we want to congratulate the 2017 Arkansas TRiO Hall of Fame student selected from Upward Bound at the University of Central Arkansas, Trey White.
Trey was honored, along with the Hall of Fame students from other TRiO programs across the state, at National TRiO Day held Saturday, March 11, 2017 on the University of Arkansas Community College – Batesville campus.
Trey will be graduating this year from Mayflower High School and plans to attend college at UCA. He wants to pursue a degree in Communications or Political Science.
In Trey’s own words, he writes:
“My name is Trey White. I grew up in Mayflower, Arkansas, and have gone to school there my entire life. I am President of Student Council and Book Club, Vice President of the Senior Class and NHS, and Treasurer of Beta Club. Additionally, I have the special honor of being President of UCA’s Upward Bound.
Upward Bound has meant so much to me. As a ninth grader, I didn’t know what to expect. I did not even understand the intricacies of what choosing a college would be like. Upward Bound has helped me grow and understand what a good college should have and what college matches my interests. I honestly can say Upward Bound has shaped me into the person I am. I feel so prepared for college and do not feel as overwhelmed as some other people I know. Upward Bound has made preparing for college easy.
I have been in Upward Bound for four years and have only missed one Saturday Academy. I genuinely enjoy what the UB experience entails. I have met so many great people and experienced so many great things that without UB, I would not have experienced. I am proud to say that UB has given me such great success in high school and for me, someone who comes from a low-income family where no one has ever gone to college, UB helped me realize a generations-long dream. The Bridge program I will attend this summer is the next step in that dream and the beginning of a new and exciting chapter.”
For more information about UCA’s Upward Bound program, visit the Upward Bound website here!
Roger Pauly, associate professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, recently participated in a historical documentary called “American Guns: A History of US Firearms” that has just become available on Amazon Prime.
The documentary was produced in 2016 and currently has one season available to stream on Amazon Prime. It is based on the book “Firearms: The Lifestyle of a Technology” (John Hopkins University Press, 2010) by Professor Pauly.
The 13-part documentary series is summed up on Amazon: “It is not known when the first gunpowder charge exploded. But since that moment, firearm designers and manufacturers have been driven to make guns more accurate, improve reliability, ease of operation, portability, and finally, make guns more beautiful. No country has contributed more to the advancement of firearms than the United States.”
UCA is the only academic institution credited in the program and Pauly appears in 12 of the 13 episodes.