Faculty & Staff Excellence Awards Presented

The following awards were presented last week to faculty and staff at the 2004 Annual Service Awards Banquet: Public Service Award Dr. Mark Cooper, Department of Early Childhood and Special Education, winner of the 2004 Public Service Award In 1999, Dr. Mark Cooper created and implemented a program called UCA Super Kids for children in first, second and third grades. Each year since, over … [Read more...]

UCA Staff Club is revived

The UCA Staff Club is reforming on campus. That came about over a recent brown bag luncheon with about 15 staff members reminiscing about the old club and eagerly anticipating the new one. Some of those present remembered the old club dating back to at least 1977 and ending about 2002. Meetings will be held the second Monday of each month at noon according to newly-elected President Peggy … [Read more...]

Economic trends presented at business breakfast

Arkansas has too many? low-wage, low-skill, low-risk? jobs. That was among the points to come from the Quarterly Business Analysis breakfast held recently on the UCA campus. Jeff Collins, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, gave a statistical presentation on economic trends past, present and … [Read more...]

Alums make gift in honor of former professor

A few years ago, Dr. Neal Buffaloe, a retired faculty member from the Department of Biology, was introduced to someone who commented on how nice it was that the university had named its alumni hall after him. ?I said, ?No, that?s my 11th cousin that that?s named for.? Frankly, I was holding out for a statue.? While he didn?t get a statue, a science education laboratory in Lewis Science … [Read more...]

Brosam to head International Programs

Jim Brosam, who has been director of the University of Central Arkansas Office of Communications the last three years, will become the school's director of International Programs on May 1. Brosam said of his new position, "President Hardin understands the importance of the internationalization of a college campus and the necessity of student diversity. International Programs will work hard to … [Read more...]

UCA staff picnic

The annual UCA staff picnic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 26 on the McAlister Lawn (rain location is East McCastlain). The picnic is free for all staff, but to ensure an accurate head count, everyone must pick up a ticket before Monday, May 24. Tickets may be picked up at the following locations: Physical Plant - Debbie Edgmon Doyne Health Science - Pat Poindexter Main … [Read more...]

Pinchback shows how math applies to daily life

A common question math teachers face is how can the concepts students learn be applied to daily life. Dr. Carolyn Pinchback, professor of mathematics education at UCA, has found that the best way to answer that question is by showing students potential real life examples, and she has learned that integrating literature into lesson plans is the key to doing just that. As part of her … [Read more...]

Baum Gallery receives educational award

At the 2004 Arkansas Museums Association conference in March, the Baum Gallery of Fine Art received the 2004 Educational Program of the Year Award for the January seminar "Ownership and Advocacy: The Logistics of Preserving Arkansas' Post Office Murals." The seminar was organized to encourage informed advocacy for the care and preservation of Arkansas? nineteen WPA-era post office murals. It … [Read more...]

Academic Honors Convocation

The 33rd Annual Academic Honors Convocation was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 18, in the Reynolds Performance Hall. President Lu Hardin and Provost Gabriel Esteban recognized this year's graduates from the Honors College and the departmental Undergraduate Scholars program, as well as students earning Presidential Scholar status in the previous calendar year. The major award winners … [Read more...]

Librarian fights book censorship

Fighting on the front lines for public access to offensive materials doesn?t seem like a routine job, but that?s exactly what librarian Ellen Johnson is prepared to do every day. After teaching second grade during the 1960s in Austin, Texas, Johnson became very interested in children?s books. ?I had always liked books and reading and thought that becoming a librarian would be quite … [Read more...]