UCA to host Center City Brass Quintet

The University of Central Arkansas will be host to a week of incredible activity for brass musicians. Wednesday, March 31 through Sunday, April 4 marks the collaboration of artists-in-residence, The Center City Brass Quintet. All events will be held in the Snow Fine Arts Center of UCA, and all events are free unless otherwise noted. Center City is spending three full days on the UCA campus, … [Read more...]

UCA unveils plans for new residence hall, Honors College Village

On Friday, University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin unveiled preliminary plans for a new four-story residence hall that will house approximately 250 students in two, three and four-bedroom suites. The new residence hall (which Hardin jokingly referred to as New, New Hall) will be located south of UCA?s New Hall and west of Mashburn Hall on Farris Road. Construction is set to begin … [Read more...]

Seals to lead Sugar Bears

The University of Central Arkansas officially turned the reins of the Sugar Bears basketball program over to Checola Seals on Friday. Seals, 33, takes over for Coach Ron Marvel, who announced his retirement Monday after 24 years as head coach of the team. Seals, a two-time All-American for Marvel, has been his asistant coach for the past five seasons. ?I?m proud that Checola is getting this … [Read more...]

Alumna leaves $1.2 million for UCA scholarships

The late Beulah Mann enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas, then Arkansas State Normal School, in the 1920s; a time when a higher education was a rare privilege for most, especially for women. She studied teacher education at the university and in 1922, earned her state teachers license. Education was important to Mann, so important, in fact, that on Wednesday, March 17, her estate … [Read more...]

Students take advantage of deals offered at Lender Fair

Hundreds of students showed up for the first annual Lender Fair Thursday in East McCastlain Hall. Students had the opportunity to meet with new lenders who will be processing student loans for the fall semester. Starting in the fall, UCA will process student loans through the Federal Family Education Loan Program. This program will allow private lenders such as banks, credit unions and other … [Read more...]

Board approves bonds for housing, technology upgrades

The University of Central Arkansas may soon have more housing and better computer technology capabilities after the board of trustees authorized the administration to seek up to $21 million in bonds. Last fall the board approved a request by the university to seek $10 million for the construction of a new residence hall. This bond issue was combined, Tuesday, with another $11 million to cover a … [Read more...]

UCA?s student alumni group earns two regional awards

The University of Central Arkansas? student alumni group, Association of Future Alumni, brought home one-third of the six awards presented at the Association of Student Advancement Programs District 4 conference last weekend in San Marcos, Texas. UCA?s AFA adviser Jan Newcomer was recognized as an outstanding adviser and AFA president Melissa Nix, a UCA senior, received the outstanding student … [Read more...]

Roman Holliday rocker finds calling in history

Where does a former British rock star go to seek solace after stardom? London? Paris? The beaches of Italy? For the past four years, former rocker Brian Bonhomme has chosen the road less traveled and has made Conway home. Dr. Bonhomme, visiting professor of history, was catapulted to fame in the early 80?s as the founding member and songwriter for the British band Roman Holliday. The group … [Read more...]

Rice taps her way to Miss UCA

Earlier this month, Junior Bridget Rice tapped her way to first place in this year?s Miss UCA pageant and is keeping her feet warmed up in preparation for the Miss Arkansas pageant at the end of summer. ?I was so shocked that I won. Everybody was so nice, genuine, and talented. I would have been happy for any one of the other girls to win the title,? Rice said. Rice grew up practicing … [Read more...]

UCA?s Marvel announces retirement

The University of Central Arkansas and the state of Arkansas lost a legend Monday when head women?s basketball coach Ron Marvel announced his retirement. Marvel, 60, is the winningest women's coach in Arkansas college basketball history with 489 victories in his 24 seasons at UCA. ?This was a very difficult decision,? said Marvel, ?but for myself and my family, it was the right decision. It … [Read more...]