Lula Washington dance company to perform at UCA

Arkansas native Lula Washington, who founded the Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre, returns to her home state for the first time for two concerts in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA on Feb. 21 and 22, at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets range from $23 to $35, and there is a $10 student ticket, all seats, all sections, pending availability. Contact UCA Ticket Central toll … [Read more...]

Bear Den officers elected

UCA students recently elected the 2008 executive officers for The Bear Den, UCA's largest student organization. The Bear Den is responsible for promoting school spirit and organizing UCA pep rallies, Homecoming and Midnight Madness, among many other things. This year the Executive Board hopes to start some new traditions at UCA and encourage attendance and spirit at all athletic events. The new … [Read more...]

UCA development institute assists New York town

Jennifer Tanner, the managing director of the Strategic Growth Institute & Community Development Institute at UCA, recently completed a survey that led the town of Alabama, New York to proceed with a feasibility study of the town's ability to support a manufacturing business park. The feasibility study was halted last fall after the Alabama Town Board expressed concerns over public opinion of … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Mark Spitzer, assistant professor of Writing at UCA, had a book review accepted for publication in the January issue of 63 Channels. This review of Pariah Tales by J.P. Lowe has also been published in Author's Den. Charles Bane, assistant professor of English at UCA, has published an essay entitled, "The Art of War (Films): Fear and Desire and Paths of Glory" in the book Stanley Kubrick: Essays … [Read more...]

Former NAACP president to highlight Black History Month at UCA

Kweisi Mfume, the former president and CEO of the national NAACP, will be the featured speaker for UCA's month-long celebration of Black History Month. The address will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7th at 7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Mfume served on the Baltimore City Council before being elected to the U.S. House of Representative in 1986. As a member of … [Read more...]

UCA student is finalist in national business competition

A business plan and feasibility study by a recent UCA graduate has been named among the finalists in the Small Business Institute Case of the Year competition. Modupe Ladeji, who graduated in December with an MBA from UCA, was recognized for his business plan and feasibility study for an oil and gas exploration consulting firm in his native country of Nigeria. "His feasibility study on the oil … [Read more...]

UCA professors receive $8,990 grant to strengthen school curricula

Debbie Barnes and Shawn Key of UCA's College of Education received a $8,990 grant from the Arkansas Department of Education for a high school redesign collaboration project that is part of UCA's Educational Renewal Zone initiative. The UCA researchers will work with teachers in the Osceola, South Mississippi County, and Turrell School Districts, as well as with the Crowley's Ridge Education … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Jacob M. Held, assistant professor of philosophy at UCA, has several articles due for publication this year, including "Disrespect and/or Distribution? Axel Honneth, Nancy Fraser, and the Normative Foundations of Social and Political Philosophy" in Radical Philosophy Review; "'Til Things Get Better: Hope and Redemption in Black," in Johnny Cash and Philosophy: Ring of Truth, edited by John Huss … [Read more...]

Conway businessman establishes scholarship for new UCA doctoral program

Retired Conway businessman Michel Fortier has donated $135,000 to the UCA College of Education to establish the Mary Jane Fortier Memorial Distinguished Scholars Fund. The gift, established in memory of Fortier?s late wife, will provide scholarships for students studying in the college?s new doctoral program in leadership studies. "Mr. Fortier's generous gift will allow the College of … [Read more...]

UCA professors receive $20,000 grant to study teacher assessment system

Debbie Barnes, Lee Ann Burrow, Sue Farris and Mary Mosley of UCA's College of Education received a $20,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Education to study the Pathwise Classroom Observation System, which is one component of the Arkansas Mentoring Program. The Pathwise system is an assessment tool for the evaluation of the classroom performance of student teachers and first-year teachers, … [Read more...]