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2012-13 Meetings of the Strategic Planning Committee and the Strategic Budgeting Advisory Committee

The UCA Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) will meet on the first Thursday of each month at x-period. The UCA Strategic Budgeting Advisory Committee (SBAC) will meet on the second Thursday of the month at x-period.   All meetings of both committees will be held in Wingo 315 unless otherwise announced. Committee meetings are open to all interested parties.

Public Screening of Dancer Sept. 29 at Ida Waldran

The public screening of Dancer, acclaimed art film by Dara Friedman, is scheduled for Sept. 29 in the Ida Waldran Auditorium. The screening will begin at 2 p.m. Dancer documents the multi-cultural dance talent of Miami, Florida in the spring of 2011. Every style of dance is represented in single and partner performances: modern, ballet, break, belly, pole, ballroom, as well as skateboarding and voguing just to name a few. This film contains brief nudity and visitors with children may wish to preview before entering. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ying Quartet to be Artists-In-Residence Oct 3-4

The Ying Quartet will be in residence at UCA Oct. 3-4, conducting workshops and performing a public concert. The 7:30 p.m. concert on Thursday, Oct. 4, is free and open to the public. UCA music faculty will join the quartet. Also joining the Ying Quartet on the Mendelssohn Octet will be UCA faculty members Israel Getzov on violin, Dr. Stephen Feldman on cello and William Shipley, a recent UCA graduate, on viola. During the residency, the Ying Quartet present outreach activities on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m at the Gussie Scales Auditorium at Conway High-East Campus and at 2 p.m. at the Southwestern Energy Building in Hendrix Village. For more information, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at (501) 450-3293 or e-mail

University of Texas Political Scholar to Present Lecture

Dr. Roderick P. Hart, dean of the College of Communication and professor of government at the University of Texas, Austin will visit the University of Central Arkansas as Scholar-in-Residence for Civic Engagement Oct. 10-11. Hart will give a free public lecture, “Campaign 2012: Political Cynicism When We Need it the Least,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Business Auditorium (107). Hart specializes in politics and the mass media. He has written 12 books, including his latest, “Political Keywords: Using Language That Uses Us.” For more information, call the College of Fine Arts and Communication Office of the Dean at (501) 450-3293 or e-mail For more information about Dr. Hart’s visit, contact Dr. Jim Hikins at (501) 450-3202 or

UCA Honors College Challenge Week 2012: “Dear Mr. President:”

The  Honors College presents Challenge Week 2012 from Oct. 5 – 12.  This year’s theme, “Dear Mr. President:,” imagines a letter to the next presidential administration that asks for action on issues that affect virtually all Americans regardless of age, ethnic origin, income level, region of residence or party affiliation.   Presenters will focus on three key areas of national concern:  immigration, health care and environmental contamination. All events take place on the UCA campus and are free and open to the public. Challenge Week schedule of events:

  • Friday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. in the Presentation Room of Jefferson Farris Jr. Honors Hall.  Shastady Williams and Blake Brizzolara, Honors College juniors, speak about their experiences with the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the College of Business Auditorium at 7 p.m.  Mireya Reith, co-founder and Executive Director of the Arkansas United community Coalition (AUCC), will present, “If it’s Broken, Fix It:  Immigration Reform in the US.”
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Doyne Health Sciences Auditorium at 4 p.m. Dr. Clay Arnold, Professor of Political Science, will present, “American Politics in the 2010 Affordable Health Care Act.”
  • Friday Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the College of Business Auditorium.  Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes, University of California-Berkeley professor of biology, will deliver the keynote address, “From Silent Spring to Silent Night:  A Tale of Toads and Men.”

Staff Senate Seeks Volunteers for Home Football Games

The Staff Senate is seeking volunteers to serve as ticket takers and ushers during home football games. If you would like to work as an usher or ticket taker at a football game, please fill out the volunteer form.

You may be asking, “What are the benefits of volunteering?” Other than the benefit of giving funds to assist with staff development opportunities without giving up your own cash, you get the opportunity to earn comp. time for the upcoming holiday break, a free snack and drink, and you get to show your school pride and spirit! For more information, contact Andy Faulkner at 450-5067 or

Public Appearances Schedule for the 2012-13 Season

Tickets for the 2012-13 season at Reynolds Performance Hall are on sale. This year, the Public Appearances will feature 13 events and 2 distinguished lectures. Visit the Public Appeareances webpage for a complete list of performances and lectures.

Events tickets range from $30-$40, but current and retired UCA Faculty & Staff can purchase tickets for $23-$33. Tickets for children and UCA students are just $10. Lecture tickets are $5 for Faculty/Staff (limit of 2), $15 for general public, $5 for children and free for UCA students (also limit of 2). Current and retired Faculty & Staff may receive 2 free tickets to 3 of our events each season (excluding lectures). Free tickets become available 3 weeks prior to each event, if there are remaining seats. A second box office is located inside the Student Center. This location will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. F0r more information,  call the box office at 450-3265 or email

UCA Theatre Announces 2012-2013 Season

The UCA Theatre has announced its line-up of productions for the 2012-2013 season. The Beaux’ Stratagem will take place Nov.1-2 and Nov. 7-9  at 7:30 p.m. in the Bridges/Larson Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center.  The Festival of One Act Plays will be performed Dec. 4-6 at 7:30 pm in the Bridges/Larson Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center. Admission is free. Tickets are not required. Doors open at 7:00 pm each evening.

UCA Theatre’s own traveling troupe of players, The Cadron Company, will present The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Anderson, adapted by Liz Parker. This short, family-friendly production will be presented on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Reynolds Performance Hall. Admission is free. Tickets are not required and seats are not reserved. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams will run Feb. 14-15 and Feb. 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bridges/Larson Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center. Spring Awakening, a musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, will be presented April 11- 12 and April 17 -19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bridges/Larson Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center.

Unless otherwise noted, tickets to all UCA Theatre performances are $10 each and are now on sale. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made through UCA Ticket Central in the Reynolds Performance Hall. Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Reservations can be made by calling 501-450-3265. The general public may also purchase tickets online at  For more information visit or call 501-450-5092.

UCA Counseling Center Offers Seminars

The Counseling Center will be offering the following seminars this semester:

Decreasing Your Test Anxiety – Tuesday, Oct. 2, X-Period, Student Health Center, Room 307.

Depression Defined – Tuesday, Oct. 9, X-Period, Student Health Center, Room 307.

How To Have a Healthy Romantic Relationship – Tuesday, Oct. 16, X-Period, Student Health Center, Room 307.

When Mr./Miss. Right Turn Out to Be Wrong: How To Break Up – Tuesday, Nov. 6, X-Period, Student Health Center, Room 307.

Please announce the above to students. If you wish to give extra credit for attendance please email  Reesa Ramsahai, Staff Counselor/Coordinator of Outreach at Counseling Center staff is also available to provide in-class presentations as requested.

 2012-2013 Education Seminar Oopportunities Available for UCA Employees and Students

The 2012-2013 Education Seminars available to UCA employees and students are listed below.  University employees and students may register by e-mailing name, department, ID #, name of seminar, and desired seminar date to A new scanning device will be used to record participant attendance. Please bring your campus ID card or your ID #. All other seminars are available for your professional development on a voluntary basis.

Workplace Harassment

Participants have the option of attending the Workplace Harassment on-site  or online.

Oct.  2, 9:00 – 10:00,  Student Center #213

Oct. 10, 2:00 – 3:00, Student Center #213

Nov.  8, 4:30 – 5:30, Student Center #215

Nov. 9, 9:00 – 10:00, Student Center #215

Dec. 7, 2:00 – 3:00,  Student Center #215


This year’s topic of discussion – Spirituality

Oct. 1,  2:00 – 3:30,  Student Center #215

Oct.  9,  9:30 – 11:00,  Student Center #215

Oct. 19, 9:00 – 10:30,  Student Center #223/224

Nov. 2, 2:00 – 3:30, Student Center #215

Nov. 8, 6:00 – 7:30,  Student Center #215

Dec. 7 , 9:00 – 10:30,  Student Center #215

Supervisory Skills Series

The Office of Human Resources and the Office of University Training is proud to announce the new Supervisory Skills Series for supervisors on campus. It is the policy of the university that all supervisors participate in the training seminars. Every supervisor will attend a total of four seminars; the overview and three seminar subjects over the course of the academic year. Based on feedback from current UCA supervisors, three important subjects are to be addressed. Each subject will be offered twice, thus a total of 7 seminars. Supervisors are to select the three seminar dates that best fit their schedules.

While most of the info will be related to supervising classified employees, it is recommended that all supervisors that supervise a classified or non-classified staff member attend.Supervisory Skills Series training is for supervisors who supervise classified staff on campus. Supervisors are asked to attend the *Overview* and three seminar subjects over the course of the academic year.

Oct. 4 ,1:30 – 3:30 *Supervisory Skills Series Overview* Student Center #223

President Tom Courtway, Provost Steve Runge

Oct. 5, 9:00 – 11:30 Expected Workplace Behaviors

Ida Waldran Auditorium

Graham Gillis- workplace expectations, policy and steps to handle harassment internally and report

*Outside speaker (Cathy Lee, NorthStar Consulting)

Conflict Resolution

Nov. 15,  9:00 – 11:30 Expected Workplace Behaviors

Ida Waldran Auditorium

Graham Gillis- workplace expectations, policy and steps to handle

harassment internally and report

*Outside speaker (Cathy Lee, NorthStar Consulting)

Conflict Resolution

Dec. 12, 9:00 – 11:30 Employee Accountability

Ida Waldran Auditorium

Graham Gillis presents disciplinary steps, probation, termination

Staff Senate

Professional Development

Nov. 13,  12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Student Center #214 The I in Impact! Charlotte Strickland

How does an individual positively impact others in the workplace? Charlotte will identify key areas to assist an employee in accomplishing this goal. The seminar will address the value of “one” and steps to maximize your impact!