UCA Ranks Second in Retention, Graduation Rates

The University of Central Arkansas continues to rank high among the state colleges and universities in student retention and graduation rates. UCA is second in fall-to-fall retention rates at 71.6 percent, according to a recent report released during the quarterly meeting of the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The university's graduation rate - also second among four-year public … [Read more...]

UCA Becomes State’s First Computer Science NSF Research Undergraduate Site


The National Science Foundation has selected the University of Central Arkansas to become the first Computer Science NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduate Students (REU) site in Arkansas. UCA is one of the seven newly selected REU sites across the nation. Currently, there are about 60 sites sponsored by the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directory of NSF. The … [Read more...]

UCA Students’ Software Design Places Third in Microsoft Imagine Cup


An automated system designed by two UCA students that allows people to self monitor their diagnosed skin cancer using cell phones placed third in software design in the U.S. finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011. The Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft. This year, 74,000 students from 400 different schools participated in the … [Read more...]

Speech Showcase to Honor UCA Professor Set For April 26


  The first-ever Hilliard Showcase, a competition for University of Central Arkansas freshmen and sophomore speech students, will be featured Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in Thompson Hall, room 206. The event is free and open to the public. Members of UCA and the Conway community are encouraged to attend. The winner of the competition will receive a $500 award, provided through the Olive M. … [Read more...]

Legally Blonde To Continue Broadway Series


The Broadway sensation Legally Blonde the Musical will conclude the University of Central Arkansas's Broadway Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall. The show, based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, revolves around Elle Woods, a bubbly sorority girl who refuses to let her blonde hair stereotype get her down. When her boyfriend breaks up … [Read more...]

The Bread And Puppet Theater Comes to UCA

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The internationally known Bread and Puppet Theater is holding a workshop at the University of Central Arkansas this week, culminating with a performance on campus April 8. There will be a public lecture about the project at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. in McCastlain 143. The outdoor performance will be free and open to the public beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 8 on the … [Read more...]

UCA Foundation Awards Five Faculty Grants

The University of Central Arkansas Foundation recently awarded five faculty grants for the spring cycle. The UCA Foundation awards grants each year to faculty for programs that enhance learning opportunities at UCA. These grants, generally in amounts less than $3,000, are intended to encourage creative programs that may serve as "seeds" for future programs and provide for deserving programs and … [Read more...]

State Science and Engineering Fair Draws Record Participation

The 2011 Southwestern Energy Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair will hold its 57th annual student competition on April 1-2 on the University of Central Arkansas campus. This year's event is expected to draw a record 254 student e ntries from across the state. "We couldn't be more pleased with the increased participation we expect at this year's event," said Dr. Mark Bland, president of … [Read more...]

Improv Comedy with Colin Mochrie, Brad Sherwood April 9


UCA Public Appearances' "Night-Out Series" will continue with "An Evening with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood" on Saturday, April 9, with the two stars of the Emmy-nominated series, ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" appearing at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at 7:30 p.m. on the University of Central Arkansas campus. Mochrie and Sherwood lead a "made up" show by taking contributions … [Read more...]

Airmen of Note to Perform Free Concert

airmen of note

The Airmen of Note, one of the nation's best Big Bands, will perform Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Performance Hall on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. In 2010, the Airmen of Note celebrated their 60th anniversary as the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. The band's remarkable success in community outreach and troop morale has been forged by … [Read more...]