Memorial service set for UCA friend Cleda Driftwood

Cleda Driftwood, widow of Founding Father of the Ozark Folk Center Jimmy Driftwood, died Monday, April 26. She was 86. The Driftwoods were special friends of the University of Central Arkansas. A memorial service for Mrs. Driftwood, who was born March 1, 1918, will be held Monday, May 3 at the Timbo (Stone County) Assembly of God Church beginning at 11 a.m. In December of 1991, the … [Read more...]

Alumna joins the Peace Corps

Lashondra Rochelle Newton, of Little Rock, a 2003 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, has joined the Peace Corps and accepted an assignment to Bolivia. She departs May 3. Newton, 22, who graduated from UCA with a degree in science and biology, said she is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead for her. "I have always wanted to live in another country, especially a Latin … [Read more...]

New dean of Fine Arts and Communication named

Provost Gabriel Esteban has announced that Dr. Rollin Potter has accepted the position of dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Central Arkansas. Potter replaces Dr. Robert Everding, who left the university a year ago. Dr. Jonathan Glenn has been acting as interim dean of the college and will remain at the university in other administrative capacities. "Dr. … [Read more...]

Harpist recital scheduled for Saturday

A recital, featuring harpist Elisabeth Chardonnet and her students, will be presented Saturday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall. The program is free and open to the public. The recital is part of the series of Community School of Music recitals presented this spring. For more info, contact Jann Bryant, director of the UCA Community School of Music, at (501) 450-5755. … [Read more...]

Legacy of support to be left in honor of international student

Veronika Hoskova?s three-week vacation from the Czech Republic to Michigan in the Summer of 1999 ended up turning into a five-year stay when an athletics scout spotted her playing volleyball and made her an offer she just couldn?t refuse. While Hoskova was visiting a friend who lived in Michigan, they decided to enter a beach volleyball tournament at Lake Michigan. Impressed with her skills, a … [Read more...]

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...]