Fundraiser for Rwandan Presidential Scholar to be held at Pitza42



The UCA Speech, Language, Hearing Center (UCA SLHC) has had the privilege of working with an extraordinary young man named Samson.  After surviving the Rwandan genocide, he contracted meningitis in a refugee camp, leaving him deaf and blind in one eye.  He overcame numerous obstacles and was chosen to study physics in the U.S. after being selected for the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program.  He arrived in our community in the fall of 2012 and has since studied American Sign Language in order to become fluent in his fourth language.  He continues to receive speech-language services through the UCA SLHC, while pursuing his dream of being an oral communicator.

Recently, Samson received notice that he is a candidate for a cochlear implant.   Only 5% of those with hearing loss due to meningitis are implant candidates.  Despite this wonderful news, Samson has to raise his portion of the surgery costs (20%), which is approximately $12,000.00.

We would like you to help advocate for him by participating in a local fundraiser that our student organization is hosting.   Please take a moment to stop by Pitza 42 and have a meal in his honor on Friday, March 14th.  State that you are there to support UCA NSSLHA (The UCA Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) or show the photo attached to this post.

You can also make a monetary contribution to NSSLHA on his behalf by March 21, 2014.  Make checks payable to NSSLHA-UCA Chapter and mail to UCA Box 4985, Conway, AR  72035.  For more information, please contact Candice Robinson at 450-3310 or at

Rwanda Presidential Scholar attend Neil DeGrasse Tyson Lecture with the UCA Physics Club

UCA International Student and Rwanda Presidential Scholar, Gerard Bambi Munyazikwiye attended the lecture of Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson with the UCA Physics Club.

Munyazikwiye said of the lecture, “I was not only fascinated by his amazing astrophysics discoveries or his jokes, but also his philosophy towards life outside of science especially in education.”

Munyazikwiye is one of many international students in the department of Physics and Astronomy. “International student involvement is valued in the Physics and Astronomy department at UCA. Our students work together collaboratively on course and laboratory work so different perspectives and skill sets are welcomed by faculty and students alike. We encourage our students to work with faculty on research projects that get the student noticed by professional schools and industries,” Dr. Will Slaton, faculty advisor to the UCA Physics Club.



Munyazikwiye pictured in the back row second on the right.


Buenos Aires Minister of Government Cristina Álvarez Rodríguez to Speak at UCA

200px-CristinaAlvarezRodriguezBuenos Aires Minister of Government, Executive of the Museo Evita Research Center and Grand Niece of Eva Peron, Cristina Álvarez Rodríguez will give a presentation entitled “Eva Perón: A Leader and Legacy” at the University of Central Arkansas for the “Leaders of the World” International Leadership Program on Wednesday, March 5th at 9:00am in the Board of Trustees Conference Room of Wingo Hall.

Cristina Álvarez Rodríguez graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the National University of Buenos Aires. Master in Cultural Management of MERCOSUR at the University of Palermo and distinguished as Honorary Professor of the Department of Architecture and Environment. Faculty of Architecture, Design, Art and Planning, University of Morón.

Among her most recent responsibilities Rodríguez, was Minister of Infrastructure of the Province of Buenos Aires, Vice President of the Latin American Parliament (Delegation Argentina), President ad-honorem of the National Institute of Historical Research and member of Eva Peron, president of the Cultural Institute of the Province of Buenos Aires, Under Secretary of Culture of the Province of Buenos Aires and president of the Institute of Social Welfare of the Province of Buenos Aires

Within her political activities she was National Congresswoman of Frente para la Victoria Party (PJ), Vice President of the Commission on Addiction Prevention and Control of Narcotics of the National Congress, President-in -Office of the Justicialist Party in the Province of Buenos Aires and Founder of the political Organization Peronismo 2020.

A full list of speakers and attendees of the “Leaders of the World” conference can be found here.

Senior Adviser of UNWomen, Ana María Salazar, to Speak at UCA

Ana Maria SalazarAna María Salazar, Senior Adviser of UNWomen in New York will speak at the UCA “Leaders of the World” conference on Monday, March 3 at 4:30pm in the Fireplace Room of McCastlain hall.

Her lecture is entitled “The Role of the United Nations and the Promotion of Gender Equality.”

Ana María Salazar graduated Cum Laude Doctor in Political Science and Sociology, Law Graduate by University Complutense of Madrid, European MBA by the École des Affaires and worked as an expert in European Communities for the Diplomatic School of Madrid, Expert in National Defense (CESEDEN, Superior Centre of National Defense Studies) and Diplomat in Training Trainers in Social Corporate Responsibility by University of Buenos Aires, PNUD (Spanish Fund of the United Nations).

Throughout her professional career, she has combined law with holding high level posts in public administrations such as Director General of Tourism in Castilla La Mancha (1992-1995) and Manager of the Official School of Tourism in Spain of the Ministry of Economy (1995-2000).

As an expert in international relations, she has led many projects of cooperation for development in institutional strengthening, gender policies, governance and economic empowerment of women through tourism. In June 2011 she received the Women Together award at the UN headquarters in New York, as recognition for her professional career within the fields of public life and teaching. Particularly, for her excellent work regarding women’s empowerment in developing countries.

You can find more information about the “Leaders of the World” conference including a full list of speakers and attendees here.

Rwanda Study Abroad Fundraiser to be held at Pitza 42

841284_10100523531955111_1919238453_oOn Tuesday, Feb. 18th from 10:30am-9:pm there will be a fundraiser at Pitza 42 to help UCA Study Abroad students raise money for their service-learning trip to Rwanda.
Pitza 42 is donating 25% of all sales to customers who show the attached flyer when they order. Customers can print the flyer or simply display it on their phones. Pitza42 is located at 2235 Dave Ward Drive.

Please come out and support a great cause!


For more information contact:

Leah Horton:

Jayme Stone:

UCA signs MOU with Universidad Autonoma de Encarnacion in Paraguay

The University of Central Arkansas and the Universidad Autonoma de Encarnacion in Paraguay have signed an institutional agreement of cooperation. The signing of the contract has been finalized, but the formal signing ceremony will take place in March when Dna. Nadia Czeraniukof UNAE visits UCA of the “Leaders of the World” conference.

You can read more about the this agreement and the Universidad Autonoma de Encarnacion here. (In Spanish)

UCA to be Represented at UNIS in Brazil


Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Steven Runge together with Assistant Provost and Director of International Engagement, Jane Ann Williams will be representing UCA at UNIS University in Brazil. They will be speaking on the importance of international education in creating global leaders for the 21st century.


UCA Welcomes Recipients of International Student Mobility Scholarship

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We are pleased to welcome the first recipients of our new International Student Mobility Scholarship.

For more information about this scholarship, please go here.

Top:  Carl Missick II, Natasha Batt, Bai Cherno Nyang, Gbessoude Kingbewe
Bottom: UCA International Engagement Associate Director Ashley Pettingill, Adon Lorette, Justine Aya Koffi
Not pictured: Alpha Bah, Fatima Cabello de la Rosa, Aya Koffi, Kouakou Kouadio, Garinique Seymour

Rwanda Presidential Scholars at UCA

Since 2009, the University of Central Arkansas has participated in the Rwanda Presidential Scholars Program University Consortium. This program, in cooperation with the Rwandan government, provides four year, undergraduate scholarships to deserving Rwandan students. These students study in the fields of math, physics, chemistry, and biology then return to Rwanda to work for a minimum of five years in order to rebuild the infrastructure of the nation.

Currently eight Rwanda Presidential Scholars attend UCA, and UCA will sponsor two more starting in the fall.

Assistant Provost/Director of International Engagement Jane Ann Williams said, “The Rwanda Presidential Scholars have increased diversity and cultural enrichment in the UCA community. They are excellent ambassadors for Rwanda and UCA as well. We look forward to continued participation in this wonderful program.”

Current Rwanda Presidential Scholars have gained acceptance to the UCA Honor’s College, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the American Chemical Society. Several work as resident assistants, lab assistants, volunteer as science tutors and mentors in the STEM Residential College and in programs such as International Engagement’s Team Global and Bears Without Borders.

Senior science major, Allie Elyahb Kwizera was selected by the Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission to represent Arkansas at the 2013 Martin Luther King Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama in Washington D.C.

“I learned that without democracy, there is no hope for growing as a country and without freedom, there is no hope for the future. This trip will remain in me as part of the best experience I have ever had in my life and I will expand all the knowledge I earned from it to all the people around me,” Kwizera said.

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Pictured Front row:  Clemet Mugenzi, Gerard Munyazikwiye, Enock Rwamuza
Back row: Aloys Nsereko, Robert Habimana, Elyahb Allie Kwizera, Edouard Niyonsaba
Not pictured: Jean Paul Ngabonziza


Director of International Engagement Featured in ADN Magazine

Assistant Provost/Director of International Engagement at the University of Central Arkansas, Jane Ann Williams was featured in ADN Magazine, an Argentinian magazine with a focus on environmental issues. In her interview, Mrs. Williams discusses UCA’s upcoming international programs, study abroad opportunities for students, and plans for future programs and exchanges with countries in South America.

The Spanish language article can be found here.

Sic Jane Ann