Student Leaders in Action

rwandaLeah HortonLeah Horton serves as a faculty member for Science and Society in Rwanda which is an interdisciplinary service-learning opportunity for students. These Study Abroad courses investigate the intersection of science and culture through service-learning. Students discuss issues such as the colonial creation of race, modernity, material culture, environmentalism, & society, and the 1994 genocide.  All students participate in projects that address quality education, environmental conservation, access to basic needs and social entrepreneurship.  Rwanda Study Abroad is currently raising money for students to travel and participate in this fieldwork.  Stay tuned to our facebook page ( for information on upcoming opportunities for you to contribute.  You may also contact Mrs. Horton directly to donate

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Sheldon Slinkard hopes to vitalize religious discussions on campus, particularly on Paganism. Pagans United meets every Thursday evening to discuss various forms of paganism and how they differ from each other and other religions. Read about his recent efforts in this story covered by the Log Cabin Democrat:


ukraineLigonKatherine Ligon (a native of Ukraine) discussed the crisis in her home country on March 18th at the College of Business on UCA's campus, and she plans to speak about the crisis on future dates around campus.  Please stay tuned to our facebook page for updates about upcoming lectures on this important global issue.
Emily Lane Frack conference 2Emily at frack conference co-hosted a conference in mid-March in Conway with Coming Clean Collaborative (a national organization focused on toxic chemicals and environmental justice).  They engaged conference goers and local media in a toxic tour of Northern Faulkner County and the Fayetteville Shale natural gas play.  The tour was featured on the front page of the Log Cabin Democrat on Saturday, March 15.


LEAD students and faculty collaborated with the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce to help in the development of the city's emerging leaders.  Students and faculty lead four leadership development workshops in the spring of 2014.  The project also provided students the opportunity to examine their own experiences and development as emerging leaders.



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LEAD students Wes Alford and Tim Bullington, along with LEAD director Rhonda McClellan, recently presented findings from the Community Development and Graduate Draw and Retention research project to leaders from the City of Conway, City of Conway Chamber of Commerce, UCA, Hendrix, and Central Baptist College.  This research was also presented at the 2013 Conference of the International Leadership Association in Montreal, Canada.  This project represents a year of work from seven LEAD students.





Craig Lindholm and Michael Blanchett, along with other members of the Conway Parks Project research team, recently presented progress reports to members of  the Conway City Council.  Team members also worked on scheduling town hall meetings to discuss the project with the public.  Learn more about the Parks Project here.


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Cohort 3 member Sara Brown was named the Director of Development for National Park Community College in Hot Springs.  Congratulations, Sara!






A group of LEAD researchers recently presented their research proposal to the board of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas.  The proposed research will examine the economics of educating women in Arkansas.  Watch for more on this project in the coming year.




Congratulations are in order for Kristy Carter!  Kristy was announced as the recipient of the Advocate for Opportunity award from the Minority Enterprise Development committee, an arm of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce designed to foster growth and sustainability of minority businesses.  The Advocate for Opportunity award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in educating and advocating for minority business enterprise.

Kristy serves as the Executive Director of the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement at UCA but she also volunteers her time and talents to assist minority entrepreneurs and minority-owned nonprofits and small businesses with branding and marketing initiatives.




Congratulations to Hunter Phillips Goodman on her book review in The Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.  She reviewed the book The Power of Social Innovation: How Civic Entrepreneurs Ignite Community Networks for Good by Stephen Goldsmith.



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Craig Lindholm, a member of cohort 1, presented at the Community Development Institute (CDI) about how community leaders can act as Network Weavers when working on community development projects.  CDI trains community and economic development professionals in Arkansas and surrounding states. The institute builds the capacity of individuals and communities to positively impact economic and social development. This is achieved by expanding individual’s ability to identify community assets, set goals, encourage collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders, and bring together groups of people to respond to a broad range of economic and quality of life issues.  Craig is a graduate of CDI and the recipient of the Ernest Whitelaw Award.



LEAD students Wes Alford, Tim Bullington, and Craig Lindholm presented at the National Conference of Academic Deans.  The presentation focused on how provosts, deans, and associate deans can connect informal social networks that exist within organizations in an effort to create collaborative and ethical academic communities with shared accountability.

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Leadership students and faculty partnered with officials from The Women's Foundation of Arkansas and UALR to show a documentary titled "Girl Rising."  The film tells the story of nine girls from nine different countries who buck the status quo and seek knowledge because they believe education offers hope for a brighter future and an escape from poverty and and persecution.  This film in important to Arkansas because recent statistics reveal that one in four young women in the state do not complete their high school education.

Read more about the event in the KUAR article by LEAD student Malcolm Glover.


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LEAD students Jamie Stacks, Jenny Hunt, Cicily Tubb-Warbington, and Diane Wolfe and LEAD Director, Rhonda McClellan participated in a panel discussion with members of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas after a screening of the movie "Girl Rising." The panel discussed statistics about women in Arkansas and took questions from members of the audience.




LEAD students are working with faculty and students from the GIS masters program and the Environmental Science program to prepare a City Parks Master Plan.







Harvell Howard, LEAD student and coordinator of the African American Male Initiative, recently spoke to the Little Rock chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network.  Harvell shared his experiences working in the nonprofit sector and provided tips on building a professional network in order to create positive community change.




LEAD student Craig Lindholm was recently certified as a Professional Community Economic Developer (PCED).  Only those professionals with adequate applied experience can take the certification exam.  Craig was able to sit for the exam due to his extensive background and experience in community and economic development and because of the preparation he received by participating in the Community Development Institute at UCA.

Craig serves as the Executive Director of Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas and as Health Director for Bowie County, Texas.


UCA's Division of Outreach and Community Engagement, directed by LEAD student Kristy Carter, and the Community Development Institute, which is held on the campus of UCA, were the recent recipients of the Governor's Quality Challenge Award by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence.  The Challenge Award is the starting point for any organization interested in adopting and applying quality principles to attain performance excellence.

Read more about this story on the Division of Outreach's blog.




LEAD student Amy Fenning will be presenting at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) National Conference in Dallas in March 2013.  She will be a panel member in the Program Administration Interest Section.  Amy will discuss how Kouzes and Posner's (2002) five fundamental practices of transformational leadership can be applied in directing international student programs on college campuses.




LEAD student Mara Cawein and Dr. Patty Phelps of the College of Education recently submitted a book chapter proposal to Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.  Sixty two proposals were received by Kappa Delta Pi and theirs was one of only twenty accepted for development and inclusion in the book. The chapter is on teacher leadership among nationally board certified teachers.



LEAD student Malcolm Glover was recently named to Arkansas Business' list of the "The New Influentials: 20 in their 20s."  Click here to see the story from Arkansas Business.




LEAD student Damond Jackson was recently named as the University of Central Arkansas' first SREB Doctoral Fellow.  The fellowship assists minority graduate students interested in pursuing careers in academia.  Read more about Damond and his fellowship in an article by the Log Cabin Democrat here.



LEAD student Craig Lindholm recently completed the 3-year program at the Community Development Institute (CDI) held on the campus of UCA.  Craig was also selected by his peers in CDI to be the recipient of the Ernest Whitelaw Award.  Recipients of the Whitelaw Award exemplify the highest standards of dedication to the field of community development and demonstrate strong leadership throughout their CDI experience.  Craig serves as the Executive Director of Community Redevelopment and Grants for the City of Texarkana, Texas and as Health Director for Bowie County, Texas.

Learn more about the Community Development Institute here.



Malcolm Glover, LEAD student and KUAR morning radio host, was recently the subject of a profile piece in Sync magazine.  Read the interview with Malcolm here.




Hunter Phillips Goodman, a member of the inaugural class of the LEAD program, completed her second year of teaching the Working with Nonprofits course at the Community Development Institute held on the campus of UCA.   For six years, Hunter served as Executive Director of Arkansas Coalition for Excellence (ACE), Arkansas’ association for nonprofit professionals, businesses, individuals, and foundations invested in Arkansas’s nonprofit sector.




LEAD students Wesley Alford and Hunter Phillips Goodman and faculty members Amy H. Amy, Tim Atkinson, and Rhonda McClellan lead a panel discussion at the International Leadership Association's annual conference in Denver in October.  The panel discussed the shared experiences of faculty, staff and students involved in implementing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program at a primarily undergraduate institution. The emphasis was on overcoming traditional boundaries in Higher Education to establish an innovative doctoral program.