UCA to host forum on education reform

The University of Central Arkansas next week will host a public forum about education reform organized in partnership with the Arkansas Policy Foundation. The event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in the UCA Student Center Ballroom, and it will feature a panel discussion among UCA President Lu Hardin and professors Roy Whitehead and Walter Block. Reforms enacted in Arkansas … [Read more...]

UCA hosts state civics competition

UCA recently hosted the final Arkansas round of a civics competition called "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution." Three teams of Arkansas high school students competed for a bid to represent the state at the national finals, which will be held in Washington D.C. in April. Teams from Russellville Junior High School, Vilonia High School and Charleston High School faced each other at … [Read more...]

UCA scientists receive grant for environmental analysis

UCA professors Ginny Adams, Karen Steelman and Laurie Warren received a $50,000 grant from the Perry County, Missouri Soil and Water Conservation District for a contaminant concentration analysis in streams utilized by Grotto Sculpin (Cottus carolinae) in that county. In 2002, the Grotto Sculpin was designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a candidate for listing as a Federal … [Read more...]

Search continues for UCA alumnus

Family and friends continue to search for John Glasgow, a Little Rock executive who was last seen in Little Rock on Jan. 28 and is thought to have disappeared on Petit Jean Mountain, where his car and cell phone were found. Glasgow graduated from UCA in 1985 with a degree in accounting. UCA alumni with any information about his whereabouts are encouraged to visit the website … [Read more...]

UCA announces $550,000 scholarship gift

The UCA Foundation recently announced a gift valued at approximately $550,000 from Bobbie Garner Floyd of Conway in memory of her late husband, John M. Garner. The donation is a combination of a cash gift and a planned charitable remainder trust. The John M. Garner and Bobbie Garner Floyd Scholarship Fund will fund scholarships for students with a preference for students from Wynne High School … [Read more...]

UCA Debate team continues improvement

The UCA Debate Team recently made an excellent showing recently at the Boosier Parrish Community College debate tournament with four competitors going a combined 16?8 and advancing two UCA competitors to octofinals. Jonathan Welk, a junior Political Science major, went 5?1 in his first collegiate debate competition and advanced to octofinals. Chris White, a freshman Political Science major, went … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

UCA professors JD Swanson, Kari Naylor, Lance Bridges, Brent Hill and Melissa Kelley received a $25,000 grant from Arkansas INBRE to expand the incubation and freezer equipment in UCA's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. UCA will match the grant with an additional $5,000. The funds will be used to increase -80 degree freezer space by one-third and update incubator space, allowing … [Read more...]

AAPU presidents and chancellors unite for higher education

UCA President Lu Hardin recently joined the leaders of the other member institutions of the Arkansas Association of Public Universities on Mount Magazine for the first AAPU Presidents and Chancellors Advance/Retreat. A major topic of discussion among the leaders was working together to increase the number of Arkansans holding a bachelor's degree by formulating strategies to increase college-going … [Read more...]

UCA Theatre to present evenings of improv

UCA Theatre will present six evenings of totally improvised theatre entitled The Flaky Biscuit Convention on February 13-15 and 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bridges/Larson Theatre in the Snow Fine Arts Center on the UCA campus. The company cast includes John Brunson and Jackie Rivera, both of Jacksonville, Meg Graham of Rogers, Josh Heffington of Greenbrier, Megumi Kabe of Japan, Aaron Kopf and … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Tim Thornes, assistant professor of Linguistics in UCA's Department of Writing, has an invited book review that will appear in the spring issue of the International Journal of American Linguistics (University of Chicago Press). He reviews "Timbisha (Panamint)" by John McLaughlin, a grammatical description of a highly endangered language of the Death Valley region of southeastern California. Jim … [Read more...]