Penny Hatfield Named Employee of the Year

Penny Hatfield, interim director of admissions, has been named this year's Employee of the Year. Hatfield was among eight individuals nominated for the award. Hatfield was presented a plaque and a monetary award during UCA's Service Awards on April 13 at the Student Center Ballroom. Those who nominated Hatfield said she is known for her dependability and quality of work."She is a role model for … [Read more...]

Faculty Honored For Excellence During Service Awards

Three UCA faculty members were recognized for their excellence in teaching, contributions to the community, and their research during the annual Service Awards on April 13. Dr. Lorien Foote, associate professor of history, has been named the 2010 Teaching Excellence Award winner; Dr. Polly Walter, assistant professor of mass communication, received the Public Service Award; and Dr. Clayton … [Read more...]

UCA Alumna’s Trust to Aid University

A Springfield, Colo. woman has left half of the value of her trust valued at $1.5 million as a bequest to the University of Central Arkansas. The bequest came from the late Wylena Virginia “Billye” Abee Hayward, a 1940 graduate of UCA. She was raised by her mother and grandparents in northeast Arkansas in the community of Swifton. While at UCA she was very active serving as President of Zeta Sig … [Read more...]

Strategic Plan Town Hall Meeting April 15

The UCA community is invited to attend a town hall meeting on April 15 on the university's current strategic planning initiative. The meeting will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in East McCastlain Ballroom. It will be moderated by Dr. Dave McFarland of Penson Associates Inc., a research and consultations firm serving universities, colleges, and systems of universities, governing boards and commissions … [Read more...]

Gov. Faubus’ Former Secretary Donates Papers

When Jimmy Bryant sorted through the newest collection donated to the University of Central Arkansas' Archives, he came across an item that overwhelmed him. It was a telegram from Arkansas Gov. Orval E. Faubus to the White House following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. "I was overcome by a flood of memories of the assassination," said Bryant, the director of … [Read more...]

Allen, UCA Go Barefoot for Good Cause

American Idol Kris Allen and hundreds of UCA students spent a day without shoes Thursday to bring awareness for the need for shoes for Rwandan children. The Barefoot Walk ties in with the global initiative "One Day Without Shoes" sponsored by TOMS Shoes, a California based shoe company, in which participants are encouraged to not wear shoes for one day. Allen led barefoot UCA students, employees … [Read more...]

“Table At Luigi’s” Premieres April 12

The premiere of UCA’s first feature-length narrative film, "Table at Luigi's", is slated for Monday, April 12 at Reynolds Performance Hall. The film is a collaboration between faculty and students from Digital Filmmaking, Theatre and Music departments. "Our film program currently includes plenty of opportunities for students to work on short films with other students, but a feature film s … [Read more...]

UCA Foundation Awards Faculty Grants

Nearly $13,000 in grants was awarded by the UCA Foundation this spring to faculty for scholarly programs and projects. The UCA Foundation awards grants twice 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 … [Read more...]

Baseball Scholarship to Honor Fletcher Lowry

Later this month, the UCA Foundation and UCA Athletics will recognize UCA coaching legend Dr. Fletcher B. Lowry with plaques commemorating the endowment of a scholarship in his honor. The Dr. Fletcher B. Lowry Scholarship Fund was endowed at the $25,000-level following a major gift from Lowry and his wife, Jo Nell. The couple will be honored during a reception at Buffalo Alumni Hall on Friday, … [Read more...]

Kris Allen Kicks Off Barefoot Walk Thursday

American Idol winner Kris Allen, a University of Central Arkansas alum, will return to his alma mater Thursday to lead the Barefoot Walk. This special event will highlight two Arkansas-based non-profits that provide support to Rwanda. The Barefoot Walk at UCA begins at 3 p.m. in the Student Center courtyard and concludes at the Reynolds Performance Hall, where Allen will take stage and discuss … [Read more...]