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...]

Monte Coleman named 2007 Elijah Pitts Award winner

The Conway Athletic Awards Commission has awarded former UCA football All-American Monte Coleman the 2007 Elijah Pitts Award for career achievement. Coleman starred for the Bears from 1975 to 1978. In 1979, he became the first UCA player drafted by the NFL. He played linebacker for the Washington Redskins, winning three Super Bowl titles during his 16 seasons. Coleman is a member of the UCA … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Robin Becker, an instructor in UCA's Department of Writing, recently had her short story "How Roller Coasters Work" published in the Winter 2007-08 issue of The Griffin. In addition, her story "Smokingland" was named a finalist in Glimmer Train's "Family Matters" short story competition. … [Read more...]

UCA Arts & Presidency series continues with nuclear weapons lecture

David R. Harvey, chair of the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas, will continue the College of Fine Arts and Communication?s Arts and Presidency Series on Jan. 27 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Harvey?s presentation, ?Presidential Discourse on Nuclear Weapons?, is set for 3 p.m. in the Garden View Room. Admission is free and open to the public. Based … [Read more...]

UCA professor wins $20,000 grant for space research

Rahul Mehta of UCA's Physics and Astronomy department received a $20,000 grant from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium for a study involving the spectroscopic and morphometric analysis of bones under simulated microgravity using a hindlimb suspended animal model. According to Mehta, "This project will allow us to understand the short- and long-term effects of space travel on human bones and help … [Read more...]

UCA biology student wins SURF research grant two years in a row

Allicia Kellogg of Springdale, a senior at UCA, for the second year in a row has been awarded a Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) worth $3,900 by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Kellogg's study, entitled "Investigation of the Molecular Biology of GL1 and GIS in Rubus," will examine how prickles develop in plants in order to gain insights into how cells control their … [Read more...]

UCA faculty news

Mark Spitzer, assistant professor of writing at UCA, recently had his poem "Somewhere off in Alabam" accepted for publication in the late spring 2008 issue of the literary journal 5 AM. The following faculty from UCA's College of Business recently received awards for excellence in teaching, research, or service: Victor Puleo received The Excellence in Teaching Award; Tim Bisping received The … [Read more...]