BIG NEWS: President’s Leadership Fellows

Joshua Eddinger-Lucero, FACS Education major and Marissa Hollenbaugh, General FACS major were selected to the  17-18 President’s Leadership Fellows. 
President’s Leadership Fellows (PLF) is a student group of the most proven and seasoned student leaders on campus. They serve as student representatives of the President’s Office. They get opportunities to sharpen their networking, communication, and personal branding skills, and get to visit with leaders of the Faulkner County business community. This organization is for Juniors and Seniors​.

Shark Chef

Shark Chef was part of our Experimental Foods (NUTR 4351) class this semester. It is a little bit different than it has been in the past – the presentation was a blend of the TV shows, Iron Chef and Shark Tank. Students were given a real life problem to solve….with the new food regulations brought forth by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, some school lunch programs are struggling to find products to meet their needs.

Our students were given 1 of 8 problems to solve and they created a food product based on National School Lunch Program requirements. All foods have no added salt or sugar, use whole grains, have no trans-fat and limited saturated fat. Students were also required to integrate commodity food products, reduce allergens, and utilize red, orange, and dark green vegetables as well as a few other restrictions.

THANK YOU JUDGES:  Dr. Kurt Boniecki, Dr. Jimmy Ishee, Dr. Jacquie Rainey, Dr. Nina Roofe, Sharon Burgess, Stephanie Alsbrook, Erica Ruble


30th Annual Alumni Luncheon

THANK YOU to all who attended and supported the 30th Annual Alumni Luncheon. We had a great time and the luncheon was a HUGE success. Pictures will be coming soon. For now, check out some videos we shared at the luncheon.

Stock Market Game Winners

Infiniti Ingraham, Alisa Bour, and Whitney Price comprised the winning team in this year’s Arkansas College Division of the Stock Market Game.  They named themselves the “Monetary Maniacs” and invested in high flying airline stocks that helped them soar to first place.  The 39 UCA teams were sponsored by Merrill Lynch and the Arkansas Council on Economic Education.  Economics Arkansas also provided the monetary award.  Dr. Mary Ann Campbell’s personal and family finance classes in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department participated.

Prizes Winners College Division

CONGRATS GRADS!! We Are Very Proud of You!

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Backyard BBQ at the Senior Center

Students in NUTR 4321, Nutrition Services Administration, created, planned, and conducted a Backyard BBQ themed meal at the Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center. We fed almost 200 people shredded BBQ chicken sandwiches, baked beans, candied carrots, mixed green salad,  apple pie with ice cream, tea and lemonade. The students ran every aspect of the meal and our guests loved it! We also would like to say THANK YOU very much to the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative, which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, for helping us produce such a wonderful meal and serve seniors in our community.

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Interns Present Research at ArAND Conference

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UCA Wellness Fair

Over 500 individuals attended the UCA Wellness Fair which was held in the UCA Student Center Ballroom. Dr. Ryburn’s FACS 3456 class presented their healthy living posters and our dietetic interns sponsored a wellness booth for Conway Regional!

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Proud of Our FACS Family

unnamedAAFCS Student Unit leadership team selected Joshua Eddinger-Lucero to serve as a co-chair for the 2017-2018 program year. Joshua will attend the AAFCS Annual Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas, the AAFCS Fall Leadership Council Workshop in Virginia, and the Leadership Honors Bootcamp in Arlington Virginia. Congratulations on this honor Joshua!


We Love Our Friends at Cooperative Extension!

Over Spring Break our great friends at Cooperative Extension came over to train. This is what they said, “Food Preservation Training 2017! What an awesome time with lots of great people! Never dreamed I would have such a rewarding FUN career! Thanks UCA for letting us use your Foods Lab, it was the perfect place to hold this training! The campus is breathtaking!”   We think so too.